TD Paul Murphy: he said  he  paid his own fees in the District Court but legal fees ballooned in the move to the Circuit Court and could be over €100,000. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has called on politicians who criticised his successful application for free legal aid to withdraw their remark(...)

Labour TD Willie Penrose said industrial-sized farms were what resulted from unlimited production and allowing it so quickly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Rural Ireland will be like the “Wild West” with no shops between towns and only industrial-sized farms across the landscape unless there is a change i(...)

Paul Murphy sharply criticised TDs who earlier raised his case during a debate on crime and criminal gangs and called on them to withdraw their remarks and apologise. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has defended his decision to seek legal aid for his forthcoming criminal trial. In an impassioned speech in th(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the running to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is likely to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, replacing outgoing Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke. The Cork S(...)

Headquarters of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given a two months’ extension to the Cregan Commission of Inquiry investigating certain IBRC transactions including the sale (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. Fine Gael will present the five rural TDs, the Independent Alliance, Maureen O’Sullivan and Michael Healy-Rae with a Programme for Government on Thursday morning. Photograph: Thiery Charlier/AFP/Getty

Discussions between Fine Gael and the Independents concluded with no agreement on Wednesday. The two sides ended discussions after 10.30pm with furth(...)

Django Unchained: depicted the treatment of black people in America during a tragic period in US history

Sinn Féin TDs have defended party leader Gerry Adams in the controversy over his tweet using a racist word, but acknowledged that his use of language(...)

Ivana Bacik: who retained her seat. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A singer-songwriter, a surfing champion, a guitarist and LGBT campaigner, a disability crusader, a former party leader and eight former TDs are part o(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is in breach of a statutory obligation to publish the O’Higgins Garda whistleblower report “as soon as possible”, her predecessor Alan Shatter has claimed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is in breach of a statutory obligation to publish the O’Higgins Garda whistleblower report “as soon as possibl(...)

Labour’s Kevin Humphries, who lost his Dublin Bay South Dáil seat in the general election, has been elected to the Seanad. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Labour’s four candidates on the Seanad vocational panels have all been elected with the help of Fine Gael transfers. Four Independent Senators were a(...)