Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

A section of the  crowd at today’s protest march organised by community groups and supported by health service unions over the planned closure of all acute inpatient psychiatric beds at St Bridgid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

A crowd estimated at 2,500 took to the streets of Ballinasloe, Co Galway today to protest at a decision by the HSE not to open 22 acute mental heal(...)

Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch: A delegation from the locality has sought a meeting with the minister to convey serious public concern over the plans. Photograph: Eric Luke

Opposition to HSE plans to close a new €2.8 million acute psychiatric unit in east Galway is set to intensify with two demonstrations planned over the(...)

Billy Timmins, one of the Fine Gael TDs who defied the party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life during pregnancy bill. Mr Timmins said this morning the group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill is not a political party but will operate as a ‘loose alliance’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill are not planning (...)

A Co Galway community is campaigning for a reversal of a decision by the HSE to close a €2.8 million mental health unit.Trade unions, politicians and (...)

Peter Mathew: has indicated his willingness to be involved in the group. Photograph: David Sleator

The group of Fine Gael TDs and Senators expelled from the parliamentary party met yesterday for the second time to discuss how they can co-ordinate as(...)

Independent TD Denis Naughten has claimed that more than €100 million could be saved annually by replacing child benefit payments with school attendance payments. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

He said such a measure would end the €13.2 million annual payment to children not resident in Ireland, tackle bureaucracy and truancy as well as child(...)

Independent TD Denis Naughten says  families are moving away permanently as they see no hope in this country. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish politics is more focused on tradition and the problems of the past than on creating a future for our people, a former government TD claimed yest(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)

Róisín Shortall criticised the Government for a ‘lack of any generosity or collegiality’ on the abortion legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Labour minister Róisín Shortall has sharply criticised the Government for a “lack of any generosity or collegiality” on the abortion legislatio(...)