Alan Kelly: “There are a certain amount of people who believe in not making a contribution to society but allow for taxpayers to fund this indulgence.”

Sinn Féin and anti-austerity movements on the “hard left” contain some who are politically active yet do not work or make a contribution to society, (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I suppose ... maybe one of the advantages of urban areas is that you can have school choice.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a wide choice of schools has worked well in his “ethnically diverse” constituency.Mr Varadkar, who represent(...)

Fianna Fáil councillor Jack Chambers has argued that the application by nine delegates to move back into Dublin West comes “at the eleventh hour” and goes against the party’s principles of one-member one-vote. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photograpy

An internal row has blown up between the two leading contenders to be the Fianna Fáil candidate in Dublin West for the general election. Ahead (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she was ‘full of admiration’ for the way Minister for Health Leo Varadkar disclosed his sexuality publicly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she was “full of admiration” for the manner in which her constituency colleague Leo Varadkar disclosed he was gay. The Tánai(...)

A ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport has faced vigorous opposition from sporting organisations and drinks companies. Photograph: The Irish Times 6:56

A clause allowing for the banning of alcohol sponsorship of sports is to be included next month in new legislation designed to limit the sale and misu(...)

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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the constitutional restrictions on abortion are too “restrictive” and have a “chilling effect” on doctors.Sp(...)

Socialist Party TDs (from left) Ruth Coppinger TD, Paul Murphy TD and Joe Higgins TD. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

An anti-water charge protest in Dublin on Wednesday will highlight that the Government’s “trickery” in offering concessions to the public has not work(...)

Ambulance crew and gardaí involved in the transfer of a woman, thought to have contracted Ebola, from her home in Tyrrelstown, Dublin to the Mater hospital. Streets around the hospital were cordoned off during the movement of the woman. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The patient at the centre of the latest Ebola scare had only a “technical risk” of having the disease, according to informed sources.The woman was ta(...)

Joe Higgins TD called for amendment on what the inquiry will cover and had it accepted. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dáil and Seanad are expected to debate the finalised terms of reference for the banking inquiry next month after the 11-member committee signed o(...)

Newspaper editors and other media executives may be called to give evidence to the Oireachtas banking inquiry after the committee agreed alterations t(...)