'Kate O’Connell's comments show the new, ugly mood, where only complete submission to the dominant ideological frame will be tolerated.' Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Standing beside Simon Harris in the Dáil this week, Deputy Kate O’Connell compared perinatal hospice care to the incarceration of women in laundries a(...)

 Leo Varadkar with Huda Safaa Al-deen, her husband Zaid Mohammed and daughter Zainab, while visiting the  Islamic Culture Centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said both judges and politicians need to respect the separation of powers between the Oireachtas and the judiciary. “That(...)

 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she said Mr Varadkar told her he wished he could retain her, but there were not enough jobs and he needed to make room for his supporters

The insistence of the Government spokesman that all Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s ministerial appointments were based on merit was “very offensive”, one of(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Cllr Catherine Ardagh at a press conference following the announcement of Election 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Labour Party Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted her deputy leader, Alan Kelly, is an “obedient employee”. Ms Burton was questioned yesterday about an(...)