Senator Jim Walsh (FF): “In circumstances where a [deceased] baby like that has not been taken from the [late] mother during an autopsy, families might still wish to have that unborn baby recognised in its own right as an individual.’’

An unborn child who dies in a car crash should be recognised as an individual, Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh has said. He said an unborn baby who die(...)

‘Danno’ Halloran (first left), with sound engineer Mick Nolan, Barbara Fitzgerald, Colm Brennan, Linda Sherlock and John Ellis at the opening of the RTÉ radio studio in Dáil Éireann in 1986. Photograph: © RTÉ Stills Library

Former RTÉ journalist John V “Danno” Halloran has died at the age of 85 following a short illness. Mr Halloran was a news and duty editor at RTÉ and (...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

  Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “We are moving away from an ambulance service that is just about transporting people to hospital, to one which ensures that they are given emergency treatment by paramedics, both in their homes and at the roadside.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It will never be possible to have an ambulance, a squad car and fire engine at every crossroads, village and town, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar h(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to name election day on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has declined to say at what time he will call the general election on Wednesday. Mr Kenny is expected to make the announcement i(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a commission of investigation could run parallel with a Garda investigation.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed in the Dáil on Tuesday the Cabinet had agreed a commission of investigation into the abuse controversy in the southeast(...)

Sinead Ahern at the Labour Party conference in Mullingar: said it would be difficult to say what the mood of the party would be after the election. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

There were differing views on whether Labour should enter the next government if it has a bad election day, as some polls have suggested. Jimmy Kenne(...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he favours holding the general election on a Friday. It is expected that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will c(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: “People will want to know that what is on offer can be provided for.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will have a “fiscal space of €12 billion’’ if it is returned to power, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said. Denyin(...)