Labour’s Joanna Tuffy: I am relatively happy . . . I feel momentum going towards us. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private polling research by the Labour Party has given it hope that it could capitalise on concerns of a large block of non-Coalition supporters that(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: acknowledged criticisms by  Ivana Bacik and  Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A call has been made for gardaí to detain and deport “undesirable people” entering the State. Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney made the call duri(...)

Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers. File photograph: Frank Miller

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has warned colleagues against attempting to stop legislation that aims to streamline the application process (...)

 A wing of St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin. The detention centre is to shut its doors 30 years after its closure was first recommend. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Thirty years after its closure was recommended “the finishing school for bullying and developing criminal skills” is to finally shut its doors once le(...)

Fine Gael Seanad leader Maurice Cummins: “I question why the Bill was published in the first place when so many amendments have been produced”

Government leaders in the Seanad have criticised the Department of Justice for rushing legislation and making amendments immediately after publicatio(...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson announced he was standing down as First Minister and DUP ldeader. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

There were tributes in the Seanad to Peter Robinson following his announcement that he was standing down as DUP leader and First Minister. Labour’s M(...)

Undated picture of Barbara Walsh.

There can be few burial grounds more beautiful than Maínis in south Connemara. With Saint Macdara’s and Mason islands to the west, it looks out on a r(...)

Language talks: The 20-year Language Strategy committee was discussed a recent report by linguist Conchúr Ó Giollagáin which said that Irish may no longer be the daily language of any Gaeltacht area by 2025. Illustration: Thinkstock

The time for reports and talking is over and action is now required to prevent the spectre of Irish dying as a living language, an Oireachtas committ(...)

Éamon O Cuiv: “S’é mo bharúil nach mairfidh an Ghaeltacht gan an Ghaeilge a bheith aitheanta mar theanga naisiunta.”

Gníomhartha atá ag teastáil anois ní caint ná tuairiscí chun todhchaí na Gaeilge a shealbhú, a dúirt iriseoir agus ionadaí pobail le fochoiste Oireach(...)

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh will meet an Aran Islands delegation on Tuesday over his decision to award the State’s air service cont(...)