Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The staggering scale of the economic turnaround revealed by the latest growth figures could be a lifeline for the beleaguered Coalition but the recove(...)

Enda Kenny: hoped there could be real unity between Yes and No camps

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the very clear and decisive result in the referendum was welcome, but said pledges given in Westminster for greater de(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  said the annual Mabs  report showed  the average disposable income of people using their services was €8.75 a week after all bills were paid. She asked the Tánaiste: “How do you expect or recommend to these families that they pay €500 a year or more for their water. What household essentials do you advise them to cut back on?”

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted the Government will assist those on low incomes with water charges.She rejected claims by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál(...)

Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

That theological construct, “mental reservation”, is alive and well in politics. When commitments are given, they are generally time-constrained. So, (...)

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris described the 1916 leaders as “traitors’’ in sharp exchanges in the Seanad today.Mr Norris said he believed that W B (...)

Independent TD Joan Collins has urged Labour to distance itself from Government promises of tax cuts in next month’s budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Joan Collins has urged Labour to distance itself from Government promises of tax cuts in next month’s budget.She told the Dáil today sh(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told the Dáil that regulator was considering the approach to compensating households where the water supply was not fit for human consumption.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The regulator is considering the approach to compensating households where the water supply was not fit for human consumption, Minister for the Env(...)

Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

A handy day to ease the Dáil back to irrelevance after a long layoff. But although the new season kicked off yesterday afternoon, it seems the tran(...)