Grace Sharp, Sarah Hynes and Sarah Nugent with pictures of their children Lilly Joy who lived for four hours, Seán who lived for 48 hours and Isabella who lived for 54 days. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Medical, legal and media professionals have been urged to stop using the term “incompatible with life” to describe unborn children with severe disabil(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath will introduce the Bill on regulation of scrap metal. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Dáil will tomorrow debate legislation to regulate the scrap metal industry in the wake of high profile robberies of metal from railway tracks, tel(...)

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry yesterday warned of a “tsunami of homelessness”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of households seeking council houses has risen dramatically across the State, with local authorities reporting an average increase of 42 p(...)

Full list of candidates Tipperary is one of those counties where the local authority profile will look very different after May 23rd. Not only (...)

Defending Labour’s performance in Government, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said confidence had been restored to the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Minister for Public Expenditure has dismissed as “political drivel’’ criticism of Labour’s role in Government by Independent TD Seamus Heal(...)

 Ruth Coppinger  during an anti-austerity protest: got 21.1%  of the vote at the 2011 byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to byelections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with voters giving gove(...)

Cllr Ruth Coppinger (right)  will expect to be in the running for the vacated seat. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to by-elections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with votes giving governments mid-term kicks or giving a chance to a qui(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter are photographed in Templemore Garda College last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Representatives of all opposition parties and independents have voiced support for an independent inquiry into suspected surveillance at the Ga(...)

Is Ming Flanagan about to throw his hat in the ring for a seat in Europe? Photograph: PA

Is Ming Flanagan about to throw his hat in the ring for a seat in Europe? The Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim ran in Connacht-Ulster in 199(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with members of his party, Sinn Féin TDs and Independent TDs. after the Oposition parties withdrew from the Dáil yesterday in protest over the Government’s  handling of the water service Bill. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The legislation paving the way for water metering passed all stages in the Dáil amid controversy and a walkout by the Opposition.Independent TD for Ro(...)