Going without: ‘We have given the voluntary contribution’ and more, just like the parents of kids in fee-paying schools.’

We’ve never had much money. My dad was unemployed for a few years so he stayed at home and minded his five kids. My mam earned a pittance cleaning at (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has rejected claims that increases in the award limits for the District and Circuit courts would have an inflationary effect on personal injury claims

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has rejected claims that increases in the award limits for the District and Circuit courts would have an inflationar(...)

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor supported a statement by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter today on the need for specialist judges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Family law cases are being put on the “backburner” compared to the facilities for criminal court cases, the Dáil has heard.Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly
were the primary movers in
, who helped lead a
n intensive
 
and all-out
campaign of cajoling and persuasion over the past two months Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

If there was one issue that had the potential to rupture Fine Gael it was abortion, given the preponderance of conservative-leaning Christian democrat(...)

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(...)

Alan Shatter: “I regard it as extraordinary that anyone could suggest any relationship between the single-baby policy in China or intentional gender-based abortions and this Bill.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Remarks by Minister of State Lucinda Creighton drew criticism from two of her Fine Gael colleagues.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said the Bill ha(...)

Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told the Dáil that she will vote in accordance with her conscience on the Government’s ab(...)

US first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Sasha and Malia  fight off an unwelcome attack of midges at Glendalough. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Glendalough – a wondrous place of myth and mystic beauty where the “midgets” are the size of horses and would ate ya alive without salt. We were warne(...)

The conservative Catholic schoolteacher from Mayo stood by his sense of duty

They don’t make croziers like they used to. Never mind the belt of one – just the cold draught from an upward swing was once enough to cow entire gove(...)

Paul Connolly (left) and Brian Jerry with their dogs, Tess and Millie, at Kilbogget Park, in Cabinteely, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Why now? Back in the 1990s Cabinteely was a sleepy little village where time seemed to have stood still. It shoulders Foxrock, Cornelscourt (...)

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