Billy Timmins

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Billy Timmins defied the Fine Gael whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another member of the Reform Alliance group of dissident TDs and senators has renewed his membership of Fine Gael. Billy Timmins, a Wick(...)

Plinth politics: Reform Alliance members (from left) Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever you do, don’t call it a party. Today, the Reform Alliance, the group comprised of seven members of the Oireachtas – five TDs and two Senators(...)

 Reform Alliance member and Wicklow TD Billy Timmins who said the conference would   focus on  political, economic and health reform.

The Reform Alliance, comprised of breakaway Fine Gael TDs and Senators, is to hold its first conference on January 25th, at the RDS in Dublin. Wicklow(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “There is no party and there has been no discussion about setting one up.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reform Alliance, comprised of breakaway Fine Gael TDs and Senators, has registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission as a “third part(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with members of his party, Sinn Féin TDs and Independent TDs. after the Oposition parties withdrew from the Dáil yesterday in protest over the Government’s  handling of the water service Bill. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The legislation paving the way for water metering passed all stages in the Dáil amid controversy and a walkout by the Opposition.Independent TD for Ro(...)

The Hermitage Clinic, which is  co-owned by Larry Goodman (above) and developer Seán Mulryan, last year increased its pretax profit by 4 per cent to €2.66 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pretax profits at a private hospital co-owned by Larry Goodman and developer Seán Mulryan last year increased by 4 per cent to €2.66 million.Accounts (...)

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 (...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter:  Garda authorities “will co-operate fully with any inquiries the Children’s Ombudsman may make and fully respond to them” and the same would apply to the HSE.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has had preliminary discussions with the Ombudsman for Children over the investigation into the removal of two Roma (...)

Filming has started for ‘Citizen Charlie’, the RTÉ drama on the life of late ex-taoiseach Charles Haughey, played by Aidan Gillen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Keep an eye on Billy the Fish. He’s swimming with a vicious crowd. Billy Timmins operates in the Dáil with a school of underwater predators who cal(...)

What does the future hold? Deputy Lucinda Creighton and her husband, Senator Paul Bradford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former minister of state Lucinda Creighton and most of her Reform Alliance allies lost the Fine Gael whip during the summer when they voted against(...)

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