Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

   President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi definitely doesn’t want to make a date with the now-running banking inquiry. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

And still they talked about water. It’s been tough going. In a lazy Leinster House afternoon, a lovely little exchange took place between Labour’s Eri(...)

Almost one-third of county councils are in a position to cut the property tax by the full 15 per cent allowable next year and still be in a position (...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Charlene Murray from Shankill with her five children: Casey (12), Zara (10), James (8), Kealum (4) and Skye (4). The family have been living in a hotel in Citywest for the past three months. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Up to 500 homeless children and their parents are estimated to be living in hotels as authorities struggle to deal with what c(...)

 Catherine Murphy: Independent TD said annual burden of servicing the national debt is only slightly less than the entire first, second and third-level education budget for the year.

Ireland’s national debt is rising €1,000 every second and the taxpayer will spend €8.54 billion this year servicing that debt, the Dáil has hea(...)

Whistleblower John Wilson. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government has written to the body that sets Dáil rules asking that it reinforces the responsibility of individual committees following critici(...)

Emmett Stagg. The North Kildare TD said it might be better to give people a toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Time has run out for “mass medication” by adding fluoride to the water supply, the Labour Party conference was told.During a trenchant debate about al(...)

Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg: the time has run out for this form of mass medication

The Government would save €12 million if it stopped adding fluoride to the water supply, Labour delegates were told in a row about alleged possible da(...)

The group is understood to include former Labour junior minister Róisín Shortall (above), as well as Independents John Halligan (Waterford), Thomas Pringle (Donegal South-West) and Catherine Murphy (Kildare North)

A number of Independent TDs, including Labour rebels, have held discussions about organising an umbrella group of left-wing candidates to run in next (...)