Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has been directed by the party, along with SF TDs Jonathan O’Brien and Peadar Tóibín, not to engage in public disputes over the abortion issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s political opponents often describe the party as a cult but, on one issue at least, it is just like all other parties: views among members (...)

Ruth Barry (36), of Moy Elta Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, was found guilty by a jury of cutting the face and causing serious injury to Ms Bray on O’Connell Street on June 25th, 2010.

A woman who attacked award-winning journalist Jennifer Bray on O’Connell Street five years ago has had her appeal against conviction dismissed by the (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan insists that reform of the Junior Certificate system “is not a cost saving exercise”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has insisted that reform of the Junior Certificate system “is not a cost saving exercise”. As 27,000 teac(...)

Lawyers for the woman who attacked journalist Jennifer Bray on O’Connell Street have asked the Court of Appeal for a re-trial.Ruth Barry (36), of Moy(...)

The Irish Brewing Association has said it costs €100 to replace each stolen keg. Photograph by Frank Miller

Robbery of beer kegs for their metal resale value has cost Irish brewers €40 million and the loss of more than 400,000 kegs since 2007, the Dáil has (...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has told the Dáil that as a non-professional educationalist he believed young infants from two to 10 should hold books and feel the texture of the printed word. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children from two to 10 years old should “feel the texture of a book and the printed word in reading and writing and the physical holding of it”, Mini(...)

 Jonathan O’Brien:  said he tried to imagine what it would be like to be plunged into a world of silence.

A Sinn Féin TD observed a two-minute silence in the Dáil to highlight the experience of profoundly deaf children.Justice spokesman Jonathan O’Brien ma(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “Since the foundation of the State and even going back before then a partnership has existed between the State and school providers and educators.” Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Schools must show greater leadership and sensitivity to the financial pressure on parents, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said after claims t(...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

Mattie McGrath: added more fuel to the Shatter fire

It’s the story that just won’t go away. Certainly not in the Dáil anyway. Penalty points and the Minister for Justice – yet another episode. (...)