Tánaiste Simon Coveney raised the prospect of altering the 12-week proposal, describing it as a “starting point”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has indicated he will seek to change the Government’s proposition to allow for unrestricted abortions up to 12 weeks. Mr Coven(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: said the Bill conflicts with the work of the Commission on the Future of Policing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is to reject proposals to give the Policing Authority the power to sack individual gardaí and have greater oversight of the Garda Commi(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is expected to seek Cabinet support not to oppose a private members motion from Sinn Féin seeking a National Car Test-style inspection system for rental properties. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Landlords would face significant financial penalties if found to be renting out substandard accommodation under new proposals to be considered by the (...)

As Garda controversy follows Garda controversy, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is risking her own political future by  protecting  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan resigned in 2014 after a visit at home from the then secretary general of the Department of Justice, t(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: she said Noonan should appear before the PAC only “if there is a real need to give information that only Michael can provide”.

Government Ministers have played down the prospect of the Minister for Finance appearing before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to give evi(...)

Up to 500 modular housing units will be provided by the spring as family emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some 150 units of modular housing for homeless families are to be sourced “on an emergency basis” under a new fast-tracked procurement process. Minis(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the Fennelly report has found he did not sack former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not sack or seek to sack former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, an inquiry has found. The report, which was published on(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin during his keynote speech at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday night. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Make no mistake about it - the general election campaign is under way.At least nine months out from the the polls, Micheál Martin used his party’s ard(...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and health spokesman Billy Kelleher (right) speak to the media before the start of th party’s ardfheis in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is lining up the inquiry into the Siteserv deal to ensure it has an outcome it wants, the Fianna Fáil leader has claimed.Micheál Marti(...)

A screengrab of a video showing Brian Cowen being confronted in Dublin. Image: The Niall Boylan Show on 4FM via Facebook

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen was confronted by protesters in Dublin yesterday and verbally abused.The video, sent to 4fm, shows a number of people fol(...)