Mary Lou McDonald:  “Our commitment to reverse the [water] charges is steadfast, and clearly that would be a matter that would have to discussed and agreed in any negotiations [to be part of a coalition].” Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the reversal of water charges is a precondition for the party entering into any government arran(...)

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said the decision to cut costs for property owners could hit homeless services. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin homeowners, the State biggest payers of local property tax, will see their bills fall next year, following the decision of city councillors to (...)

Sammy Wilson  of the DUP: “I congratulate the people of Scotland for recognising the benefits of the union, despite the tartan terror tactics of the SNP during a very contentious referendum campaign.”

GERRY MORIARTYNorthern Editor Sinn Féin is maintaining its push for a Border poll on a united Ireland on the back of the Scottish independence referen(...)

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has taken issue with former Fine Gael leader John Bruton over his comments about the Easter Rising of 1916 Rising. File Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has taken issue with former Fine Gael leader John Bruton over his comments about the Easter Rising (...)

A Translink bus in Belfast

Up to 50 children were taken to hospital this morning following a collision involving a school bus and a car close to Omagh, Co Tyrone.The accident ha(...)

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding members of the security forces, a newly-published document reveals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding me(...)

The Scottish referendum result has “neatly set the scene” for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Scottish referendum result has set the scene for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threate(...)

The chief counting officer for the Scotish referendum Mary Pitcaithly poses for photographs after announcing the final results of the Scottish vote for independence, in Edinburgh, Scotland today. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the decisive result in the Scottish referendum and said pledges by Westminister for greater devolution to Scotland w(...)

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(...)