President Michael D Higgins has previously expressed concern at a flurry of last-minute Bills. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the downsides of our annual festive splurge is the prospect of all those bills coming through the letterbox after Christmas. It’s the other wa(...)

Hand-sanitising gel. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

First commandment for TDs: Mind thine own seat. It is the guiding principle upon which they all agree. A sacred rule of political life they dare not (...)

People exiting Heuston station in Dublin on Tuesday, a day after phase one of Ireland’s five-phase exit plan was triggered. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

We have had sight of the Leaving Cert mathematics paper (higher level). It’s very tough. Here’s one of the questions: If it takes the square root o(...)

RTÉ Headquarters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning. Days after the death of Gay Byrne, the dominant and outstanding figure in its history, RTÉ outlined overnight the measures it will have(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘It’s 125 days since we held a referendum . . . During that time more than 1,100 Irish women have had to travel abroad to access terminations.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Providing abortion services, improving obstetric care and promoting sexual health, including free contraceptives, will cost the exchequer about €50 mi(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris is expected to table the Bill in early July and the first debate is likely to take place before the Dáil rises for the summer recess. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Government will not accept amendments to the forthcoming abortion legislation which seek to stipulate that disability is prohibited as a ground fo(...)

Today, a huge Fine Gael wedding is taking place in Dublin 4. Former senator and Fine Gael blueblood Eugene Regan, appointed by the Government in 2015 to the European Court of Justice, is marrying his Danish partner, Janne Storgaard. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Blueshirt weddings are brilliant. The disastrous 2010 heave against Enda Kenny was hatched at a Fine Gael wedding in Killiney. The following year(...)

Francis Fitzgerald said many of the actions required under the convention were being implemented on a daily basis under current legislation. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald will bring two Bills to Cabinet on Tuesday on tackling domestic violence. Ms Fitzgerald said she hoped the Do(...)

FF chief Micheál Martin let the cat out of the bag last week while Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty had her sights set on any monkey business. But Mattie McGrath proclaimed himself disgusted

The Dáil Business Committee has no business deciding Dáil business as if it were a legitimate body chosen by the Dáil to order its business, when ever(...)

While Michael Healy-Rae was fit to be tied, Simon Coveney eyed the middle way but Gerry Adams favoured the back-seat drive. Photographs: The Irish Times

Michael Healy-Rae was fit to eat his cap. “What’s wrong with the mornings?” The Independent TD for Kerry repeatedly asked the question, but he got (...)