Fine Gael deputy leader and Minister for Children James Reilly received a dressing down from Taoiseach Enda Kenny in front of his party’s ministerial team over comments Dr Reilly made on abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael TDs will be allowed a free vote on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution after a constitutional convention is given time to(...)

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has claimed there was a ‘disconnect’ between the investigation team working with the Oireachtas banking inquiry and the members of the inquiry. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said there was a “disconnect” between the investigation team working with the Oireachtas banking inquiry and the membe(...)

Oireachtas Banking Inquiry: Reprt was not fit for purpose, according to many of the 11 committee members, who wanted to rip it up and start again.

“The real strength of the inquiry is its ability not just to look at one document in isolation but to draw together the different strands from various(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I do not anticipate the next government, if my party leads it, being able to change the funding model for healthcare substantially.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Significantly changing the healthcare funding model will not be completed in the next government’s lifetime, if Fine Gael is returned to power, Mini(...)

 General Secretary of Fianna Fáil Seán Dorgan told TDs to rule out the possibility of the party going into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the election campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs must tell voters the party is ready for government and Micheál Martin should be the next taoiseach, it was claimed in a rebuke to t(...)

 Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has urged the Oireachtas banking inquiry to complete its work and publish a report by next January. The committee hel(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said low and middle income earners needed to be prioritised.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour will reduce but not abolish the Universal Social Charge for those earning over €100,000, the party said on Monday. Tanaiste Joan Burton and Min(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is to promise voters it will further reduce the main rate of the universal social charge in its first budget if returned to office after (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael has promised cuts to the USC as part of its election pitch. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The message thus far from Fine Gael has been stability and prudent management of the economy, yet no party can expect to be re-elected on the back of (...)