Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has called for the debate on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum to have a  ‘responsible tone’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The debate on the same-sex marriage referendum should have a “responsible tone”, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said. Mr Donohoe said the (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said there are a variety of views in Government in relation to the State’s stake in Aer Lingus. Photograph: PA

There is no Government consensus on the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG), Minister for Transport Pasch(...)

Prof Ray Kinsella, of Mothers and Fathers Matter. The group has launched a campaign for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Public opinion on same-sex marriage will “swing back to the status quo” as the referendum date approaches, a spokesman for a group supporting a No vot(...)

The battle for Leinster House: Some TDs are budgeting for two general elections in 2016.

Word reaches us that a crafty cohort of TDs are now budgeting for two general elections in 2016.Before we arrive at the iconic year, the rapidly-appro(...)

 Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: burglary  ‘very traumatic’ for the victim. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An extensive reform of the law on bail is planned by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who is working on proposals to protect the public from(...)

The Labour Party is not taking a position on the Government-backed referendum to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates.A spokesman for Fi(...)

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Fine Gael and Labour Government Ministers are “at one” in relation to their approach to pay restoration for public sector workers, according to Minist(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has described as a “red herring” the concern expressed by some religious groups that school (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to a memo to Cabinet proposing the introduction of tough new measures for repeat burglars including consecutive sentences and tougher bail restrictions.

A “legal armoury” will be put in place to tackle gangs who carry out repeat burglaries, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he Government needs to look at the ‘consequences of any such decision’ by the UK to exit the European Union. Photograph: Inpho

The exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union would be a matter of “very serious concern” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speakin(...)