Clare Daly: the silence was loud when she took to her feet for her first round of questions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The force that is Independent socialist TD Clare Daly commands attention. And when she speaks on her pet topics, people generally listen. Her pitch al(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I did not see the report you refer to. Neither did the Minister for Transport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda Kenny has admitted that he had not read an internal Aer Lingus document on the sale of the airline that indicated job losses of up to 40 per c(...)

During the Order of Business on Wednesday, Renua leader Lucinda  Creighton said: “I want to ask the Taoiseach to unequivocally reject the demand of Siteserv and Denis O’Brien to change the record of the House and interfere with the independence of the House.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to “unequivocally reject” a demand that the record of the Dáil be amended in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the sale of Aer Lingus would result in job creation, new routes and the Minister for Finance would have a veto over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots under the deal with IAG, owners of British Airways and Iberian. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports have backed the sale of Aer Lingus as being good for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said in a strong defence of t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government of adopting a “slippery, sleeveen’’ approach to sale of Aer Lingus. 3:36

The sale of the State’s share in Aer Lingus will create employment, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has insisted in the Dáil. “It is envisaged (...)

IAG boss Willie Walsh: Labour’s Seanad leader Ivana Bacik said she had made her view clear that she did not agree with the sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus to IAG. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Independent Senator Sean Barrett has warned the Government that it is selling the national airline “for a paltry sum” to a company that provides no s(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

A national women’s and infants’ health programme to improve maternity services is to be established by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He told th(...)

Senator David Norris in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the result of the referendum on marriage equality. He was praised in the Seanad for his decades-long campaign for gay rights

Independent Senator David Norris has called for “certain anomalies” to be ironed out when legislation is drawn up to give effect to the result of th(...)

The highest turnout in any referendum was for the 1972 question on joining the EEC, when 70.88 per cent of the electorate cast their ballot

The surge of young voters in the marriage referendum brought the turnout into the top five of all referendums since the adoption of the Constitution i(...)

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:18

Work will begin this week to give effect to the referendum decision to amend the Constitution with the first same-sex marriages likely to take place a(...)