Mattie Mcgrath

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Independent TD Mattie McGrath said the majority of Irish people will be happy to see Pope Francis visit Ireland this weekend.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said criticism of the Catholic Church in the lead up to the papal visit to Ireland has been excessive and said he will t(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: unhappy with how poor box system is being administered and believes it has “no longer a fit place in justice administration”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Defendants have paid almost €7.5 million in fines to court poor boxes since 2014 instead of receiving a criminal conviction, Minister for Justice Char(...)

 Joan Freeman: she is understood to have told those supporting her that she does not believe she will have a difficulty  raising funds

Aspiring presidential candidate Joan Freeman has urged local authorities to hold special meetings soon to facilitate the nomination of challengers to (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris committed to the introduction of exclusion zones outside facilities providing abortion services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Medical professionals who have a conscientious objection to providing abortions will be legally obliged to refer patients, under legislation published(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is unhappy with the way the poor box system is being used in the courts. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is to bring in legislation before the end of the year “do away” with the court poor box. Mr Flanagan told the D(...)

Leo Lieghio, Collette Griffin, Margaret Kavanagh, and Julie Patten, all of whom lost a child in road traffic incidents.

As the Dáil descended into chaos over the Road Traffic Bill on Friday, Noel Clancy looked on in dismay from the public gallery. It was his amendment (...)

Independent Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae , strongly oppose the stricter drink-driving laws. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The controversial road traffic legislation has finally been passed after months of filibustering and heated debate in the Dáil when TDs accepted the B(...)

Leo Varadkar arriving at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was criticised by opposition deputies for his approach to Brexit, the migration crisis, European Union military co-operation, t(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath: “I believe there is a need for a new political party, which focuses on rural issues.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will not be joining a new political party set up by Senator Ronan Mullen because he intends establishing one(...)

Simon Coveney said people who came to Ireland illegally did so either to claim asylum or because they were economic migrants. Photograph:  Stephen Collins /Collins Photos

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has expressed his pride in Ireland’s policy of never using migration or immigration as a source of political division or to cre(...)

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