Senator Máire Devine has been suspended from Sinn Féin for three months in what the party referred to as “unacceptable behaviour” on the part of an elected representative. File photograph: The Irish Times

A call has been made for Sinn Féin Senator Maire Devine to give an explanation to her Seanad colleagues about her retweeting of a malicious post about(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘There is not a [constitutional] provision, however, which states every parent should get the school of their choice.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said his intention is religion will not be used as a criterion for pupil selection in the vast majority of s(...)

Ann Marie Walsh Harte with her son Lewis. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd.

In August 2017 Ann Marie Walsh Harte learned that her then five-year-old son Lewis would not receive a new treatment for his Duchenne muscular dystrop(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD at Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s agencies showed a “shameful’’ lack of empathy with Joanne Hayes, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the Dáil. He said it was a damnin(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said there were at least 30,000 cases involving tracker mortgage issues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The senior bankers who caused the tracker mortgage scandal were described as a “shower of bastards’’ by Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in the Seanad on Th(...)

An  anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed  banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice. The House supported a Pr(...)

Senator David Norris. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A national housing co-operative to take over distressed mortgages has been proposed by Independent Senator David Norris. Introducing a Private Membe(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Equity investments in any sector are risky propositions and the State’s resources are better allocated to more appropriate areas.’’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The State’s move to initiate the sale of a 25 per cent stake in AIB to market investors is a “a significant milestone’’ for the Irish banking sector, (...)

Senator Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Trinity College Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has said she considered joining Fine Gael recently to vote against Leo Varadkar becoming party leader a(...)

Liam Irwin of the Revenue Commissioners said that within 10-15 km of the Border there could be “trade facilitation posts” to allow for customs declarations on incoming goods. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Customs checks after Brexit may not be on the actual Border but “somewhere in proximity” to it, a senior Revenue official has said. Liam Irwin, of (...)

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