Willie O’Dea: “Currently an absent parent can only be pursued until the child has reached aged seven”

Absent parents can no longer be pursued for child maintenance after the age of seven because of the unintended consequence of legislation to cut the a(...)

Willie O’Dea: “The difficulty is that while supply takes time, there are 1,570 children living in emergency accommodation”

The Housing Assistance Payment (Haps) has helped almost 5,000 people remain in their homes, according to Minister of State Kevin Humphreys. He defende(...)

Backbenchers took noisy umbrage on Enda Kenny’s  behalf. Photograph: Eric Luke

Given that the Soldiers of Destiny were anchor tenants for three terms before the current occupants arrived, it cannot be said that Micheál Martin doe(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)

Limerick TD Willie O’Dea said he would benefit by more than €900 a year on his “very well paid job earning €87,500 a year, €1,700 a week gross”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil TD has described how he will gain 10 times as much on his €87,500 salary from the budget as a friend of his on social welfare of €188. L(...)

 Fianna Fáil spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is proposing an increase in rent supplement and the lone-parent allowance as part of a plan to reform the social welfare and pension syste(...)

Where’s Willie? is doing the rounds of colleges and universities this month as part of Ógra’s national recruitment drive. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ógra Fianna Fáil is experiencing a surge in applications for membership, thanks to a cartoon version of Willie O’Dea. The party’s youth wing ha(...)

The president of UL, Professor Don Barry, has dismissed as untrue claims that two staff members who raised concerns about alleged irregularities in expenses payments to staff at the institution, were offered ‘hush money’. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

The president of the University of Limerick has dismissed as untrue claims that two staff members who raised concerns about alleged irregularities in (...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

 Willie O’Dea: Responding to comments from Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Entering government with Fine Gael, as the junior coalition partner, would “be the end of Fianna Fáil as we know it”, former minister Willie O’Dea (...)