Catherine McGowan with her baby Sophie from Drogheda protesting against maternity benefit cuts outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The legality of the cut to the jobseeker’s allowance for people aged under 26 has been challenged in the Dáil as the controversial Social Welfare and (...)

Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh demanded TDs walk through the Yes and No lobbies for clarity on who had voted each way.
Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Dáil has passed the controversial Social Welfare and Pensions Bill by 74 votes to 46 after Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan

Lap-dancing clubs benefit from the reduced 9 per cent VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector, it emerged during the Dáil debate on the budget(...)

Independents such as Lucinda Creighton do not speak with one voice but represent ideas the mainstream parties have not developed, says Damian Loscher of Ipsos MRBI.

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll puts Fine Gael back in front on 26 per cent, a gain of two points since June.Bunched behind Fine Gael are Sinn (...)

Eamon Gilmore met banking representatives today to begin efforts to resolve the Priory Hall crisis. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Senior Government officials met banking representatives today at the start of a 21-day process to resolve the Priory Hall crisis and Tánaiste Eamon Gi(...)

Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

Reform Alliance members photographed outside Buswells Hotel.  [from left] Billy Timmons, Paul Bradford, Peter Matthews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

The 14 non-aligned TDs in the Dáil are to be allowed speaking rights for the first time in a significant shake-up of House rules and procedures.The de(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald: “I think the real issues are about what is facing this country: getting our economy in track and job creation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are not interested in the internal machinations of Fine Gael and what people were saying in interviews, Minister for Children and Youth Affai(...)

The Reform Alliance photographed outside Buswells Hotel this afternoon. From left: Billy Timmons, Paul Bradford, Peter Matthews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Seven TDs and senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party have held their first day of formal discussions on a collective approach in the(...)

Billy Timmins, one of the Fine Gael TDs who defied the party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life during pregnancy bill. Mr Timmins said this morning the group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill is not a political party but will operate as a ‘loose alliance’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill are not planning (...)

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