Brendan Howlin:  Clare deputy Michael McNamara said the entire front bench of the Labour Party “has failed and needs to go en masse, with the exception of Brendan Howlin”.

A Labour TD has said most of the party’s frontbench should resign, while others have expressed unease about the party’s direction. The Clare deputy M(...)

 Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with European election candidate Emer Costello:  the party’s candidates are beaten dockets in the three Euro constituencies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s no glossing over the fact that this has been a terrible election for Labour. It has taken a drubbing almost comparable to that taken by Fianna(...)

Fianna Fáil failed to secure an overall majority on Clare County Council, but party Transport spokesman Timmy Dooley TD said there was a spring in the step of party members again in Clare after the performance. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil are once again the largest party on Clare County Council, taking 12 of the 28 seats in the council.The party failed to secure an overall m(...)

Account holders pay for parking by sending a text message or through the Parking Tag mobile app.

Parking Tag, which allows motorists to pay for parking by phone, has extended its service to Arklow, Co Wickl(...)

Ciarán Lynch (Labour): the chairman of the 
Oireachtas finance committee, is the clear favourite to chair the banking inquiry

As many as 50 support staff will be engaged for the upcoming Oireachtas banking inquiry, it has emerged. The budget for the investigation will roug(...)

“I do not see us coming back to this issue in the lifetime of this Government,” Mr Rabbitte said

A senior Labour figure in Government has categorically ruled out the issue of abortion being revisited by the Coalition during its term of office. Mi(...)

An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Billy Timmins said he believed the legislation could be unconstitutional and “while this legislation may pass, I do not think it will address our problems. Instead it will increase them.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Wicklow TD Billy Timmins has joined two Fine Gael backbenchers in confirming his intention to break Government ranks and vote against the abortion l(...)

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