Mattie McGrath: said he was not making a blanket criticism of judges, but  “I am saying there are serious question marks over some business in the financial courts”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Legislation reforming and updating judicial appointments procedures will be published later this year, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has sa(...)

Senator John Whelan: said he was appalled to report to the House that families had been threatened by elements within the Department of Health and the HSE that meagre supports would be withdrawn if they countenanced legal action. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Labour Senator John Whelan has criticised the Government for its attitude to children suffering from narcolepsy.He told the Seanad that Minister for (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton meets striking workers  on the picket line at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“Dunnes Stores, better politics beats them all’’ – a variation of the jingle in a one-time radio advertisement would have been appropriate in the Dáil(...)

Dunnes Stores workers, also  members of the Mandate trade union, pictured outside the Labour Court in October of last year. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed Dunnes Stores workers in seeking clarity on their working hours. More than 5,000 employees of the retailer who are mem(...)

Minister of State for Communications Joe McHugh said: “Nobody was more disappointed than I was when I saw the letter”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Communications Joe McHugh said he was “surprised’’ to learn a letter had been sent to pensioners encouraging them to have their (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed Dunnes Stores workers in their opposition to the company’s alleged use of low-hour contracts.Pickets are to be placed (...)

 Paschal Donohoe: connectivity and employment  important issues for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aer Lingus will not be sold unless “an acceptable price’’ is secured, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has told the Seanad.Mr Donohoe said many(...)

 Mick Wallace: “What hope is there for reform as long as the old hierarchy remains in place?  Surely, Taoiseach, you must realise this is a part of the problem and not the solution.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí are ignoring summonses against a Fine Gael backbencher, Independent TD Mick Wallace told the Dáil. He said the backbencher had “three fixed (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “There is no law which says you cannot say whether you attended the commission or not”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed there is no legal reason to prevent the Taoiseach saying whether he was recalled to give evidenc(...)

 Independent TD Mick Wallace: told Dáil that in 2012 a garda told Enda Kenny   about  malpractice in relation to a  superintendent and ‘you gave approval to the promotion of this superintendent’ who is now the subject of  investigations. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There has been “serious Garda malpractice’’ in the Athlone area, claims Independent TD Mick Wallace.He told the Dáil, at Opposition leaders’ questions(...)