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  Gerry Adams:  “When Sinn Féin objects to some proposals on the Order of Business, it is not because we are trying to hold it up but to ensure proper scrutiny,” he said loftily. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coughs sounded considerably softened yesterday morning when the Dáil staggered into action for the penultimate sitting before the Christmas break.Ther(...)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: “Amazeyballs.”

It was the roll call of shame. A Dáil reform that caught a number of TDs on the hop and may actually be a reform that works.Environment questions – an(...)

Town centres like Clara Co Offaly (pictured) are under pressure, according to Barry Cowen. Photograph: Frank Miller

Strong action needs to be taken to stop the “hollowing out” and decimation of historic and vibrant towns across Ireland, the Dáil has been told.Fianna(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said the Local Government Bill  would devolve power to local and regional level. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Legislation that will result in the biggest change in local government structures has been published by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan. The L(...)

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(...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

 Leo Varadkar: Minister does not believe it would be possible to vote a third time on the issue of abortion without asking questions on allowing terminations on the grounds of rape, alleged rape, incest, the health of the mother or in the case of a foetus incompatible with life. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new referendum removing suicide as a grounds for abortion would also have to include other issues, said Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. He said(...)

Micheál Martin: “I don’t see my role as forcing a line down people’s throats and I don’t look at it in that light. It is an issue of conscience.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Only half of Fianna Fáil TDs are likely to vote with their leader Micheál Martin in support of the Government’s abortion legislation after his failure(...)

Róisín Shortall said guidlines for property tax valuation is causing widespread confusion. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There is widespread confusion in households across Ireland ahead of the property tax valuation deadline on May 1st, according to two backbench TDs.(...)

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