Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  urged TDs and Senators to focus on the economy and to “move on” from recent events .   Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has moved to defuse the controversy within Fine Gael over Mr McNulty and the Seanad byelection by urging TDs and S(...)

Junior trade minister Joe Costello, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for  Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the launch of the Review of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy, at Iveagh House in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers retain confidence in Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, but are anxious he clears up (...)

The Family and Life website.

A Fine Gael TD has called for an investigation into a pro-life organisation which brought 13 politicians to New York and Washington last March and is (...)

The spectre of Christmas presents: Think about who you’re buying for and ask if it is worth it. If not, contact them and suggest a joint embargo – in a light, jolly way – and chances are they will be delighted. Photograph: Getty

Advent: ’Tis the season to be Christian – or at least that is what Advent is supposed to be. It has been hijacked by everyone from Homer Simpson to Pe(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

A file image of Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin. His  party has welcomed the publication of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill in language that suggests it might support the  legislation.  Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil has hinted that its leadership may take a different stance to its membership on the proposed legislation to make abortion permissib(...)

Brian Walsh TD: has indicated he will break with Fine Gael over abortion

The first Fine Gael Deputy to indicate publicly he will not support the Government’s proposed abortion legislation has said he(...)

 Minister for Children 	Frances Fitzgerald:  said the number of children available inter-country adoption is far lower than in recent years.

Up to 1,000 couples could be seeking to adopt children next year, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil. (...)

New TD Helen McEntee. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter smiled broadly. There was not a judge in sight. The recipient was the new TD for Meath East, Helen McEn(...)

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly, who had a spot of good luck thanks to his doctor  who alerted him to a suspicious blemish on his face

Most politicians are happy to escape with just a minor mauling after a studio session with Vincent Browne. One Fine Gael TD though is pe(...)