Mary Lou Mcdonald

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Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald:  asked if the Nyberg banking commission, which investigated the bank collapse, was supplied with the tapes of senior executives. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has questioned why Anglo Irish Bank chairman Alan Dukes, a former Fine Gael leader, did not tell the Cent(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Basil McCrea said he could see the strategic benefits for Sinn Féin in calling for a Border poll in that it would set in train a series of such polls every seven years. Photograph: Pacemaker

Holding a border poll now would be deeply divisive and have a polarising effect on the two communities in Northern Ireland and would ultimately be cou(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “This process will help the country by helping distressed borrowers and families to keep a roof over their heads.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended the new Central Bank code on mortgage arrears as a process to help distressed borrowers keep a(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton defended the code. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The code of conduct for mortgage arrears is a “charter for home repossessions”, the Dáil has heard.Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher said the code, which c(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: delay in publishing report “is not good enough and does not tally with the Taoiseach’s apology and the sentiment of this Dáil across all parties, when the survivors were here in February.’’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he hopes for a quick Cabinet decision after it discusses the report on redress for the survivors of the Magdalene lau(...)

The Links Creche at  Abington in Malahide, Co Dublin, which was featured in the RTE Prime Time documentary.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection said none of the crèches which featured in the RTE Prime Time programme would be allowed to access the JobBridge i(...)

Eamon Gimore: “there will be no JobBridge approved for any of the facilities named in that programme”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has confirmed the Government’s intention to cut State funding from childcare facilities which breach regulations.He made the p(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on justice Niall Collins  pictured speaking to the media outside Leinster House today ahead of his no-confidence motion this evening. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have offered their support to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter ahead of this evening’s Dáil debate on(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is addressing issues raised in a briefing given by Down Syndrome Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consideration is being given to reclassifying Down syndrome as a low-incidence disability in all instances regardless of asses(...)

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