Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock has said that the use of Shannon Airport by the US is compatible with the State’s policy of neutrality, in response to a bill proposed by Independent TD Mick Wallace. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State had not entered into a military alliance with the US or with any other country or organisation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán S(...)

Independent TD Tommy Broughan has called for the establishment of a permanent commission  to research levels of pay and wealth in the State as part of his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There are huge gaps and unknowns relating to earned income and levels of wealth in the Irish economy, Independent TD Tommy Broughan has told the Dáil.(...)

Colm Keaveney:  said a report had revealed that 3,000 “vulnerable children” were on a  mental health services waiting list, with 400 waiting for longer than one year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney described Tánaiste Joan Burton as “a cold-hearted technocrat” in sharp exchanges on children’s waiting lists for mental (...)

 Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was about to become Irish Water’s debt collector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: said certain people were not allowed to register on the Live Register as unemployed, which meant they did not have access to various job-activation programmes, education and training

The Low Pay Commission’s report is expected to come before the Cabinet at the end of July, Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil. She said it would(...)

Thomas Pringle: said the east region could not continue to sustain the migration rate into it, which was happening because of the absence of jobs in the rest of the country

More than 50 per cent of the 90,000 jobs created in the past three years were outside Dublin and the mideast areas, Minister for Enterprise and Innov(...)

Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was to become Irish Water’s debt collector, “sticking your hand into the pockets of families who are struggling to provide for their children or to pay their mortgage or rent’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times. 2:02

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction (...)

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin:  “To add insult to injury, the independence and autonomy of Leader and rural development companies has been fatally undermined by the Government.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Administration costs accounted for 33 per cent of the expenditure on the Leader rural development programme until this year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny t(...)

Minister of State Joe McHugh said patients should not have to attend hospital unnecessarily, with all the added stresses and possible complications that could be involved.

  There was a need for the health service to reduce the number of people admitted to hospital, particularly from nursing homes, Fine Gael’(...)

Paul Murphy TD said Minister Alan Kelly was “swaggering around the place like Nelson from the Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money’’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Legislation dealing with a refusal to pay water charges will be published shortly after Easter, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Minister for t(...)