Buyers of homes up to €600,000 would also be entitled to the proposed income tax rebate, although it would be capped at €20,000. It will only apply to new homes and self-builds. File photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have raised concern over the party’s stance on the first time buyers’ scheme. The party has proposed the cap for the Gove(...)

The Dáil last week debated the drastically deteriorating situation in Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

Unlike some of the phoney battles that have been fought over the Budget, an unexpected row that broke out in the Dáil last week gave far more insight (...)

Minister Simon Coveney: said the €600,000 figure was included to ensure that first-time buyers in Dublin, where house prices are higher, can avail of the scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A group of Dublin Fianna Fáil TDs have questioned the party’s push to have the cap for the Government’s “help to buy” scheme for first-time buyers re(...)

Almost one in five prisoners serving life sentences were doing so outside of jail last year, according to figures released by the Department of Justic(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart: “They are the voices of clients who, most disturbingly, seem to be the very last to be considered as talk of a wind-down of Console gains traction.”

Concerns have been raised that clients of the charity Console are not being listened to while talk predominates about the winding down of the controve(...)

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “I met the Egyptian ambassador but I regret to say I took nothing from that meeting that could give confidence or hope”

Calls have been made for the Government to consider the suspension of diplomatic relations with Egypt and trade restrictions, because of the ongoing (...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, campaign for his release. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Dáil has agreed an all-party motion seeking the release of Ibrahim Halawa, who has been held without trial in an Egyptian prison for more than thr(...)

A group named Underground Ireland organised a protest against sharp increases in the cost of motor insurance, in Dublin today. However, the turnout was low. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In recent months the cost of motor insurance has become a serious issue particularly affecting young people and small businesses. Motor insurance ha(...)

Philip Cairns was last seen on the Ballyroan Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Thursday, October 23rd, 1986. He was aged 13.

Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham is a long, tree-lined stretch in south Dublin of 1960s-era semi-detached homes, gravel driveways and neatly tended garde(...)