Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and junior minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at the Magazine Fort in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kevin “Boxer” Moran has said he will run as an Independent candidate in the imminent general el(...)

 Government lost a number of votes on the Bill and the House accepted Opposition amendments to impose financial penalties where aircraft breach stipulated noise levels. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Controversial legislation to deal with noise levels at Dublin airport and minimise noise pollution has been passed in the Dáil by 66 votes to 28. The(...)

Irish Army: soldiers on an anti-terrorism training exercise in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Defence Forces

The Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has said his party is considering a constitutional challenge to the Government’s proposal (...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has spoken 93 times across the Dáil and committees in the past year. His brother Danny Healy-Rae has spoken 107 times. Photograph: Alan Betson

The results of the general election had barely trickled in when party leaders began promising radical reform of politics in Ireland. It was (...)

Forward planning is vital if the housing needs of an aging population are to be met close to amenities and transport services. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have reached agreement on the controversial issue of rent caps. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has fast-tracked the exa(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: says Bill will allow new fathers, including fathers of adopted children, to take paternity leave and a minimum paternity benefit of €230 a week for two weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Up to 40,000 fathers a year may apply for the new provision of two weeks’ paternity leave, which the Government hopes to have in place by the end of (...)

Paschal Donohoe and Simon Coveney of Fine Gael arrive for talks with Fianna Fáil on forming a government. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Water charges are getting too much attention in the Fine Gael- Fianna Fáil talks on forming a government, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. (...)

The Dáil has approved the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Dáil has approved the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG) following an ill-tempered two-day debate. The(...)

Labour delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency moton opposing the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG under the terms currently offered. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Labour delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency moton opposing the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG under the terms currently offered.The motion, which w(...)