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Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall. Photograph: Collins/File

Abolishing cross-subsidisation of private practice in public hospitals would offset the loss of nearly €650 million in income from fee-paying patients(...)

Social Democrats: Ms Shortall said that under her party’s legislation unpaid leave would be available to either or both parents. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government policy is that parental leave should be introduced on a paid basis, Minister of State for Justice David Stanton has told the Dáil. “The pr(...)

Members of the Social Democrats  at the party’s national conference in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

The Social Democrats have called for increased investment in public services in forthcoming budgets instead of tax cuts. The party’s co-leaders, Cath(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall attends the party’s national conference at the Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Sixty-three per cent of lone parents are living in deprivation, the Social Democrats’ national conference heard on Saturday. Tara Deacy, the party’s(...)

Social Democrats: under joint leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall the party will need hard work and a dollop of luck to get the traction to become a serious force on the left. Photograph: Eric Luke

The second national conference of the Social Democrats, which takes place in Dún Laoghaire this weekend, should give a good indication whether the par(...)

Mattie McGrath: Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum which requires 10 Deputies to be present.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Dáil debate on abortion was cut short because not enough Government TDs were present when a quorum was called. Independent TD Mattie McGrath call(...)

Social Democrats Róisín Shortall TD: consultants found that across Europe there was generally a minimum of three months’ notice to quit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil is expected to support a Social Democrats Bill to give tenants 90 days’ notice to quit a property and to require landlords to provide new (...)

The State needs timelines for the delivery of social housing targets, according to Roughan MacNamara of Focus Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/File

The Government needs to introduce timelines to implement social housing targets, according the advocacy manager at homeless charity Focus Ireland. “(...)

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall proposes that tenants in rental accommodation for less than a year should have at least 90 days’ termination notice. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New tenants should have access to rent paid by their predecessors in order to ensure the 4 per cent cap on rents is being implemented in designated re(...)

  Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail turns  on the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House. He was joined  by Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Denis O’Donovan, party leaders and other members of the Oireachtas with music and song provided by the Oireachtas choir and the Cavan Rugby Club male voice choir. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s been a torrid few weeks for the Taoiseach. Doubtless, he will enjoy Christmas in the bosom of the Varadkars and take a short break from the ince(...)

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