Minister for Business Heather Humphreys did not refer to her party colleague Maria Bailey by name. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys has said the compensation culture in Ireland must be changed and “people need to have some common sense” and “(...)

Maria Bailey: ‘I was hurt, I have medical expenses. Nobody questions that . . . The reason it took such great traction here is I am the subject of click bait’. Photograph: The Irish Times

On Monday Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey gave an interview to RTÉ radio’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show to discuss the fallout from her legal case followin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar voting in Scoil Thomas, Castleknock on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For months, Fine Gael has been looking over its shoulder in worry at rural Ireland. Its poll ratings, and the personal popularity of Taoiseach Leo V(...)

PAC member Catherine Connolly:  “These payments are going directly to the private market that’s unsustainable, where rents are going up and up and up. Rents are absolutely unsustainable.”

More than 80,000 households would be “out on the streets” if Government took the “populist” decision to get rid of the Housing Assistance Payment (Hap(...)

The Oireachtas committee report, to be published today, cites several cases of disastrous failures in building standards, including Priory Hall and Longboat Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There was “a significant level of non-compliance, negligence and incompetence” in some Celtic Tiger-era building developments which put people’s lives(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: accepted there was a need for some change but wanted protection for the unborn and the mother. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, has expressed concern about the rights of the unborn if the Eighth Amendment is repealed and abortion up to 12 weeks is p(...)

Barry Andrews: he held a seat in the Dún Laoghaire constituency for Fianna Fáil between 2002 and 2011, when he lost out in the party’s post-bailout electoral meltdown

Fianna Fáil is eyeing up a political return for former minister and ex-Goal chief executive Barry Andrews as the party seeks to make gains in Dublin a(...)

John Perry  took the case against Fine Gael over a selection convention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Legal advisers for Fine Gael are examining allegations by former TD John Perry about alleged interference with a witness in a case taken against the (...)

John Perry: witness was involved in a High Court case taken by the former Fine Gael TD against Fine Gael. Mr Perry won a court case against the party and its handling of a selection convention in the constituency when he failed to win a nomination. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A witness alleged to have been put under pressure not to give evidence in a case taken against Fine Gael is expected to make a public statement in th(...)

Maura Healy-Rae will be co-opted to take the council seat of her father Danny, centre, and join her brother Johnny, left, on Kerry County Council. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

Dozens of vacancies in local authorities created by the election of councillors to the 32nd Dáil are to be filled this week. The new councillors will(...)

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