Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

A Fine Gael strategy document says “Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The family of Ibrahim Halawa has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and have him released from jail in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on(...)

 People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett. Mr Boyd Barrett, along with Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, was referred to gardaí  after missing a deadline to disclose donations to the Standards of Public Office. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two TDs were referred to gardaí recently after missing a deadline to disclose donations.People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Fine(...)

Protesters during the Stand Up to Racism and Fascism national demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London on Saturday. Photograph: PA

The Irish State remains in denial about racism, a rally in Dublin to mark UN international day against racism on Saturday was told. The United Nations(...)

Marchers are converging on O’Connell Street for a rally at 2pm. Photograph: Pamela Duncan

Tens of thousands of water charge protesters converged on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Saturday where a rally calling for the abolition of the planned(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he expects to see an “enormous show of strength” from the Irish public in ensuring a boycott of the Irish Water charges. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Right2Water campaigners say they expect “tens of thousands” of protesters to take to the streets of Dublin this weekend in what they say will be “a th(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said there was an irony in the No side’s argument that they wanted to protect children. Photograph: Alan Betson

Those opposing the marriage equality referendum were described as “a small but loud minority’’ by Independent TD Clare Daly. “The idea that the State(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the start of the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers at the EU council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Banks are using the threat of repossession to get home owners to engage with them, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. Mr Noonan is in Bruss(...)