Minister for Transport Shane Ross has proposed an automatic ban for drivers caught over the legal limit of alcohol. Photograph: iStock

Fine Gael will on Wednesday decide whether to allow their party members a free vote on controversial new drink driving legislation. The party is to m(...)

Michael Healy-Rae TD speaking in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The “swagger and arrogance” of the last government is absent in the current administration, Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has told the Dáil during (...)

Independent Alliance TD for East Galway, Sean Canney, is calling for the introduction of a statutory timeline for the planning process. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Independent Alliance TD for East Galway, Sean Canney, is calling for the introduction of a statutory timeline for the planning process following delay(...)

  Apple for Athenry: A group  supporting the planned Apple data centre in Galway celebrate after the judicial review rejected both challenges to  the project. Photograph: Courtpix

More than two and a half years after Apple first announced it would invest €850 million in a data centre in Athenry, it all came down to a judicial re(...)

A strong case can be made for the proposed new tougher drink-driving rules but there is no escaping the challenging impact of the measure on rural lif(...)

Leo Varadkar is to confirm the theme of his tenure will be ‘a republic of opportunity’.

Reducing the burden on middle-income families will be a key Government priority in the upcoming budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to stress on Thursda(...)

Fine Gael Clare TD Joe Carey said the Government should be cautious about introducing any higher excise duty on fuels. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A number of TDs have expressed concern about a possible increase in taxes on diesel and claim it would impose an additional burden on businesses. Gov(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Fine Gael parliamentary party that all officeholders would be subjected to a whip when the Dáil votes on the proposals from Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that he expects Ministers of State to support the Government’s controversial proposals to automatically ban anyon(...)

A spokesman for Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said he had decided to withdraw the Bill, prepare a memo for Government outlining its principles and have the Bill reintroduced as a Government Bill later this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Bill aimed at imposing tougher sentences on repeat sexual offenders has had to be withdrawn because the backbench TD who brought it has since been p(...)

 The Bill would introduce an automatic three-month driving ban on all motorists found under the influence of alcohol. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to give Fine Gael TDs a free vote on new legislation to automatically put drink-drivers off the road. The decision will(...)