Protesters  at Leinster House, Dublin in February called for the HSE to approve Spinraza for  children who have spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Health Service Executive drugs group has again decided against approving the only treatment on the market for the rare muscle-wasting disease spin(...)

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh said there was a need for data around beef-processing prices to determine if there were elements of a ‘cartel’ at play. Photograph: iStock

The Irish agricultural sector is “greenwashing” its impact on climate change, environmental group An Taisce has told an Oireachtas committee meeting o(...)

 Bloody Sunday family members march ahead of the  announcement of a prosecution over the incident, in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Great injustice has been further inflicted on the families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday killings, a Sinn Féin Senator has said, in the wake of (...)

The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, which has been passed by the Dáil, restores access for Northern Ireland commercial fishing boats to Irish inshore waters, from zero to six miles offshore. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has appealed to Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to support legislation to end the “sea border” in the six mile (9.6 km) fishery zone (...)

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh (SF) said people were paying moneylenders ‘extortionate fees’, ahead of making mortgage repayments. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Easing caps on rates credit unions can charge would help tackle the “open season” of high-interest moneylenders operating across the country, credit u(...)

John Horan: became the first GAA president to address either house of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster House is covered in protective screens, as refurbishment on the parliament building continues. They provide an opportune canvas for proclaimi(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy  chairs the Cost of Insurance Working Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

A national database tracking insurance claims is unlikely to be established until next year, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. The database is desig(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said   waiting times for calls to be answered had  reduced significantly following  the decision to  bring in 40 additional public health staff to deal with the volume of calls being received. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The CervicalCheck helpline has received more than 8,000 calls since it was set up to deal with the cervical cancer screening scandal, Minister for Hea(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien must have the hide of a rhinoceros. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The turmoil in Government and the health service continued to escalate on Wednesday, with Dáil exchanges dominated by the controversy and Opposition c(...)

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(...)

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