Independent TD Mattie McGrath. File photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has been strongly criticised for comments made about Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone. Mr McGrath was asked about the(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ardfheis speech was symbolic of the crisis of conscience Fianna Fáil is enduring. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil may tell you they are buoyed and ready for an election but the mood in the RDS this weekend told its own story. Ask any of the 4,000 dele(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s strategy is to assemble a minority administration with a patchwork quilt of Labour, the Social Democrats, the Greens and others. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The next general election, whenever it happens, will for the first time in a decade once more be a stand-up fight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to(...)

Tanya Ward, chief executive of Children’s Rights Alliance: criticised proposed cuts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Legal Aid Board has deferred plans to cut legal aid in family law cases at the District Court. The organisation announced on Friday it had taken (...)

Micheál Martin: has been back on the doors since last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The foundation of all electoral success is worn shoe leather but, for Micheál Martin, canvassing is an article of faith. The Fianna Fáil leader attri(...)

A seagull takes flight at Loreto school in  Balbriggan, where students have completed at study on the birds which land around the school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Balbriggan is the subject of an experiment, one that has been provoked by years of complaints from locals about the behaviour of the gulls that have c(...)

Garda Commissioner, Noirín O’Sullivan, leaving Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Garda may have “deliberately” recorded incorrect figures on breath tests that did not in fact happen, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sull(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan: ‘If there are people who have found to have erred, or deliberate wrongdoing, yes there will be sanctions.’

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan appeared before the Oireachtas Justice Committee on Wednesday to answer questions on the latest controversy to hi(...)

Aggressive seagulls are attacking residents of the north Dublin town of Balbriggan, Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has claimed. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Aggressive seagulls are attacking residents of the north Dublin town of Balbriggan, Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has claimed. Speaking i(...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

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