Máire Whelan served as attorney general for six years and was a close ally of former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has stood over the appointment of former attorney-general Máire Whelan as an Court of Appeal judge, despite growing tensions wi(...)

Cannabis for medicinal purposes is weighed for distribution (above). Dr Michael Harty (Independent) has said: “My main concern is that this Bill will open the door to the availability of cannabis for recreational use.” File photograph: Getty Images

Several Government Ministers have signalled they are wary of any moves that might make cannabis more widely available. The Government has agreed not (...)

Minister of State John Halligan has said he will support the Government in opposing a referendum on  public ownership of water services. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State John Halligan has said he will support the Government in opposing a referendum on the public ownership of water services. Mr Hallig(...)