Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

 Gordon Jeyes (left), chief executive of Tusla - the Child and Family Agency with Suzanne O’Brien, who spoke of her experience of foster care, and Aodhan O’Riordain (right), Minister for State for New Communities, in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About a third of the 90 children put forward for fostering in North city Dublin in the year to date had to be housed outside the area it emerged as T(...)

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou Mc Donald launched Sinn Féin’s alternative budget yesterday

Sinn Féin is proposing to halt water charges, abolish property tax and introduce a third rate of tax for high earners. However, at the launch o(...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly: taking over as chief executive of the Dublin-Midlands Hospitals Group. Photograph: Frank Miller

The new chief executive of the group of public hospitals in Dublin and the midlands will be paid nearly €220,000 a year, it has emerged.The HSE said(...)

Róisín Shortall. Photograph: Alan Betson

The level of State inspections of childcare facilities is “entirely inadequate”, said Independent TD Róisín Shortall adding there are also worrying i(...)

 Dr James Reilly  approved 17 projects for payment that had not been recommended by officials. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Counties Westmeath and Longford fared worst in the distribution of National Lottery funding from the Department of Health when James Reilly was minis(...)

Former minister for health James Reilly: his spokesman said he had moved to correct a “historical underfunding” in Dublin North. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former minister for health James Reilly awarded National Lottery grants totalling almost €500,000 to projects in his north Dublin constituency over a(...)

 Former  junior minister of State Ivor Calley (centre) with members of his legal team outside Dublin Circuit Court yesterday.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Ivor Callely’s political life was long over before he was sentenced to five months in prison for submitting false expenses claims.Callely was never a (...)

Ivor Callely: A pathetic closing chapter for the man who dreamed ridiculously big, but behaved like a small-time political shyster. Photograph: David Sleator

Ivor Callely was convinced he would become taoiseach one day. Yesterday, he was sent to jail for fiddling his expenses.A pathetic closing chapter for (...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)