Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Dr Reilly said in children, “exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is a recognised risk factor for the development of asthmatic symptoms and increased the risk of other illnesses”. File photograph: Bloomberg

The European Commission has made “no negative comment” on Ireland’s legislation to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets, Minister for Childr(...)

Mountjoy Prison: of the 141 attacks last year, 107 were prisoner assaults on prisoners and 34 were prisoner assaults on staff. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost three violent incidents occur every week in Mountjoy prison, according to figures released by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. S(...)

Joan Burton takes her first Opposition Leaders’ Questions as Tánaiste

Meanwhile, the ship of State drifts along on the tides, lights ablaze and with loud country music blaring from somewhere inside. Is there anyone at th(...)

 Ruth Coppinger TD: “This is an important landmark for women. Gender-based violence is at epidemic levels and one in four women in Ireland has experienced domestic violence.”  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Some 357 former Magdalene laundry residents have been paid a total of €12.8 million in lump sum payments, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has(...)

The bigger, more interesting question to emerge from this minor political kerfuffle was this: what has Brian Crowley been doing in Europe for the past 20 years?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MEP throws in his lot with “a crowd of headbangers”. Then he ups and leaves Fianna Fáil anyway. That’s politics for you. Fianna Fáil was stunned by Br(...)

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan. “We are not protecting our national monument by not having these other plans to support the general area around it.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is failing to protect Moore Street’s architectural heritage where the 1916 leaders signed their surrender because it will not regulate(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan TD.   Photograph: Eric Luke

An enormous burden of proof was placed on some of the survivors of the Magdalene laundries because of inadequate records, Independent TD Maureen O’Su(...)

British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and Minister for Justice David Ford have been accused of “escalating dissident activity” (...)

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