Joan Burton

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Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett (left) and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy talk to the media on the plinth at the Dail. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton has described Budget 2019 as one of the most nakedly political and electioneering budgets she had experienced. (...)

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith: knew what Leo was going to say even before he stopped himself saying it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

We had forgotten about Leo being lost for words until Bríd Smith reminded us during Leaders’ Questions on Wednesday. The People Before Profit TD brou(...)

Social media guidelines are being drafted by a committee made up of the presidents of all five court divisions including the chief justice Frank Clarke (above). Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Sharppix

Irish judges are to receive guidelines within the next three months on how to deal with social media during trials. The guidelines are being drafted (...)

Misogyny towards single mothers is ‘not diminishing fast enough’, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Misogyny towards single mothers is “not diminishing fast enough”, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. The Minister was respondin(...)

An ESRI report published in January found 21 per cent of lone parent families in consistent poverty compared with 6 per cent of families with two parents. File photograph: Getty Images

How lone parents are treated in the budget will be a test of the Government’s commitment to gender equality, organisations and individuals advocating (...)

An Irish Water meter being installed.  “A sense of trying to achieve too much too soon is suggested by  by the approach to the overall water sector reform programme,” said Mr O’Leary.

Government policy on property tax succeeded where water charges failed because a “too much, too soon” approach was taken to the latter, economist Jim (...)

Brendan Howlin. Joan Burton said it would be ‘unfair’ if his leadership was discussed before he outlines how Labour will increase its popularity, and win more local authority seats, next spring. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brendan Howlin should be allowed outline how he intends to improve Labour’s fortunes in next year’s local elections before his leadership is debated, (...)

Brendan Howlin succeeded Joan Burton as Labour leader in May 2016.

Sixteen Labour councillors have signed a letter in support of the embattled party leader Brendan Howlin. The party’s low poll ratings, which have sh(...)

A small strip of land next to the UCD boat club has been set aside by the OPW for a bridge. Google Street View

Government officials are in talks about building Dublin’s newest bridge over the Liffey, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe ha(...)

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