Saintbury Avenue must epitomise the word “discreet”; blink and you might miss the turn, down towards the sea from Killiney Hill Road. Find it though,(...)

What is Stephen Donnelly up to? He was the driving force behind setting up the new party. He benefited the most - not least from the high profile opportunity of participating in a leaders debate during the election campaign . Picture: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

The Social Democrats had too little time, too little money and too few candidates of calibre to make a definitive break through in last February’s ele(...)

Freefall: Self-employed people are not entitled to jobseeker’s benefit or the illness or disability payments that many of us take for granted. Illustration: Zack Blanton/Getty

‘You drive around the country,” says Ray Butler, the Fine Gael Senator, “and look at all those closed-down shops in little towns and villages. They re(...)

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan’s  Bill that proposed to ban hare coursing in Ireland was defeated by 164 to 20 votes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two Sinn Féin TDs face a short-term suspension for defying the party’s instructions on a Bill banning hare coursing. The party had issued an instruc(...)

The Independent Alliance is to meet with the Attorney General this week to consider a bill allowing for terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The group had requested a free vote on the private members bill by Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace.

The Independent Alliance is to meet with the Attorney General this week to consider a bill allowing for terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abno(...)

Ardmore Rusty (left) and Doomore Dave, chase during a coursing meet in  Clonmel, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hare coursing is an integral part of the community for many people in rural Ireland said Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and th(...)

Management of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) will be called before an Oireachtas committee to explain a decision to terminate an employees’ pension scheme without notifying staff.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Management of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) will be called before an Oireachtas committee to explain a decision to terminate an employees’ pension(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has insisted his party will reconsider its support for a Fine Gael minority Government if ‘adequate action’ is not taken on housing. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has insisted his party will reconsider its support for the Fine Gael minority Government if “adequate action” is not taken(...)

Mick Wallace: the TD is understood to have consulted a number of legal advisers, including a former attorney general. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Dáil will later this month vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The newly (...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace: has proposed a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Dáil will later this month vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The newly (...)

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