Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is due for a pension rise under the Public Interest Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any argument for restoring up to €1,700 to the pension of former taoiseach Brian Cowen is “truly demented”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (...)

 Tanaiste Joan Burton: claimed Fianna Fáil was ‘not in the game at all’ when it came to the election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were sharp exchanges in the Dáil in a row over mortgage interest rates when Tánaiste Joan Burton told Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen he should “shut (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House in this file photograph.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned as “disgraceful” the restoration of pensions to former taoisigh and ministers. She said up to (...)

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty: objected “in the strongest possible terms” to questions he and a number of other TDs had raised being refused.

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has described as a “farce” the decision to rule out questions tabled to Minister for Finance Michael Noon(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said the Central Bank had the regulations under constant review.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has defended the Central Bank’s mortgage rules and said the situation had “looked a little scary” early this yea(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: said the Roscommon-South Leitrim TD had made a valid point but he said debit cards were “an invitation to continue debiting and clearly there are charges and a cost for that”. Photograph: Reuters

Small enterprises and farmers who feel they are being overcharged by banks moving them from chequebooks to business debit cards should bring their c(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace: “It’s a good weekend for them [arms dealers] because it looks like there’s going to be even more arms used.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The West is arming both sides in the Syrian conflict and in Iraq and has created Islamic State, Independent TD Mick Wallace has claimed. Mr Wallace (...)

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(...)

French ambassador to Ireland Jean Pierre Thébault (left) earlier this year with French PM Manuel Valls inaugurating the new French embassy at Merrion Square. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A minute’s silence was observed in the Dáil and in the Seanad to honour those who died and were injured in the Paris attacks. There was sustained appl(...)