Anne Fennell pictured leaving Dublin District Court on Monday. Photograph:  Collins

A 57-year-old Dublin woman is to stand trial accused of a litany of obscene phone calls to Áras an Uachtaráin and the Dáil. Anne Fennell of Monastery (...)

Micheál Martin: “It is ironic that the only party with no direct connection to 1916 is the one most likely to try and abuse it for political purposes.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of trying to abuse the Easter Rising for narrow political purposes.Launching his party’s comme(...)

Former  Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins was assailed by “a pack of parliamentary vultures” when the  Dáil’s  Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was investigating State funding of the organisation, her lawyer has told the High Court.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Rehab chief executive officer Angela Kerins was assailed by “a pack of parliamentary vultures” when the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has published the draft General Scheme for a Retention of Records Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill has been published by the Government which proposes that records gathered by the Ryan Commission, which investigated abuse in residential inst(...)

Independent midwife Philomena Canning (centre) has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent midwife Philomena Canning has been reinstated by the Health Service Executive to assist in home births.The HSE withdrew Ms Canning’s profe(...)

The death has taken place of former Labour Party TD and mayor of Limerick Frank Prendergast at the age of 81.  Photograph: Pat Langan

President Michael D. Higgins has paid tribute to former Labour Party TD and mayor of Limerick Frank Prendergast who has died at the age of 81.Mr Prend(...)

Legislating on “life” issues – abortion or related matters like assisted human reproduction – has never been a priority for Dáil Éireann or our govern(...)

Clare Daly outside Leinster House following the defeat of the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Before explaining why his Government was about to vote down a Bill aimed at helping parents struggling to come to terms with a fatal diagnosis for the(...)

‘One of the most compelling arguments for retaining Seanad Éireann is its potential to offer a political platform to those parts of Irish society under-represented in Dáil Éireann.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Twenty years ago, Fine Gael and Labour committed to a programme for Government promising emigrant representation in Seanad Éireann. The aim was con(...)

Michael Lowry, pictured leaving the Four Courts  after a High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD Michael Lowry has secured permission to bring a High Court challenge aimed at preventing his trial before Dublin Circuit Court on alleg(...)