Mary Butler

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Billy Kelleher (above) said  Dáil had to find a mechanism to provide Ian Drennan with ‘some form of immunity’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A mechanism should be found to release through the Dáil an undisclosed report into why the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Business journalists don’t get out that much. We tend to be kept locked in the basement to crunch numbers and write about profits and bonds. If we’re (...)

The Minister said  last year the IDA delivered 113 regional investments, “which is the equivalent of 56 per cent of new jobs created outside Dublin”

The IDA cannot “force or cajole” companies investing in Ireland to locate their businesses outside Dublin or other cities, Minister of State for Enter(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

Senator Paudie Coffey, pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A Fine Gael TD will say he was “astonished” that fellow party member and Senator Paudie Coffey is suing for defamation over a newspaper article, a Hig(...)

There is no published data in Ireland on the prevalence of tattoos but a review in the medical journal The Lancet showed that up to 36 per cent of people under 40 had at least one tattoo.

The fashion among children and younger teenagers for tattoos and body piercings may be coming to an end with the introduction of a Bill to ban the pra(...)

Independent  TD Carol Nolan has called for a referendum on how the termination of pregnancy will be funded after abortion becomes legal in the State. Photograph:  Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Carol Nolan has called for a second abortion referendum to test whether taxpayers want to fund terminations of pregnancy. Speaking dur(...)

Norah Casey  wondered why women who might want a symposium on such themes had not organised one themselves.

Well-known Catholic Irish women were not invited to speak at the World Meeting of Families women’s symposium by organiser Norah Casey because her “per(...)

Photographic Genius Award: Fianna Fail’s Waterford TD Mary Butler got 31 colleagues, mostly TDs, to pose together for a photograph on Merrion Square to signal support for the No campaign in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Politician of the season Simon Harris won plaudits from all sides of the Yes campaign for his handling of the abortion referendum campaign. The Mini(...)

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