‘It is absolutely disgraceful that you’ve got empty houses while people are sleeping on the street. We can compulsorily purchase people’s land to build motorways, so I think we should be able to compulsorily purchase houses to provide families with a home, that’s far more important than building motorways’, said Social campaigner Fr Peter McVerry.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Social campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has called on the Government to introduce emergency legislation to stop banks evicting people from their homes, say(...)

Protest against the diversion of €12 million from the mental health budget this week. Photo: gareth chaney Collins

I’m a doctor. I’ve had cancer and I’d rather get it again and take my chances than be diagnosed with schizophrenia, psychotic depression or bipolar di(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new minister for housing without extra powers to help tackle the housing crisis would be a waste of time, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly h(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Eilish Hardiman, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Jace O’Rourke (2-and-a-half-months-old) and John Pollock of the  National Paediatric Hospital Development Board  celebrate  the granting of permission for the new children’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

1993: A single tertiary paediatric hospital based in Dublin is proposed by the faculty of paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. (...)

Micheál Martin faces a challenging, medium term task to position Fianna Fáil  back among the middle ground voters.  It is they, after all, who will decide which party leads the next government, a position it covets.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The Dáil chamber on Wednesday heard howls of “collusion” from the Sinn Féin benches, directed towards Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Enda Kenny and Mich(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said there were many mechanisms to secure money from those who have not paid water charges,  including attachment orders. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fail believes it is “dangerous” and “risky” to refund the 950,000 people who have paid their water charges. Leader Micheál Martin told his par(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

Fine Gael TDs Paschal Donohoe, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald arriving for talks on government formation at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ended last night with no progress on how long a suspension of water charges should last, leaving the efforts t(...)

“Instead of waving rifles or proclamations, we should proudly hold aloft our Form 11s.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Rising that took place a century ago this week was an imaginative spark. The depressingly mundane manoeuvring for the formation of a new governmen(...)