File image showing the Ward Union hunt chasing a stag on the outskirts of Navan in 2008. The hunt is under investigation over claims it breached anti-stag hunting laws. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Gardaí in Trim, Co Meath, are investigating claims of a breach of legislation outlawing the hunting of stags, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Independent councillor Gary Donnelly was one of three men sentenced last November over the painting of political slogans on the walls. File photograph of Derry walls.

Dissident Republican Gary Donnelly has won an appeal against a six-month jail sentence in Derry Crown Court after being convicted of causing criminal (...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “We know it was an unacceptable farce; Irish Water was doomed to fail before even one meter was installed.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has accused the Government of failing to understand the impact of austerity on people when introducing water charge(...)

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald: brought up the dreaded Ansbacher accounts. Photograph: Collins

Another no-warning blast from Mary Lou. You’d think Sinn Féin could find somebody to telephone the poor Ceann Comhairle and give him the heads up. Seá(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Trapped for over two hours in her car at the weekend by a baying mob and yesterday, trapped in the Chamber for over 40 minutes and fearing her ears were about to bleed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

“We’re listening,” they croaked, dripping with humility and contrition.“We have made mistakes.” A chastened Government front bench took up position in(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, along with  Gerry Adams (left) and members of Sinn Fein outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A week of bitter exchanges between Sinn Féin and rival parties descended into chaos and farce yesterday when deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a (...)

In his speech in the Dáil today  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams hit out at the Government, accusing it of hypocrisy in dealing with the issue of sexual abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government and Fianna Fáil of holding a five-hour debate on allegations of sexual abuse by republicans “o(...)

A house occupied and held by iconic Fine Gael hero Michael Collins during the 1916 Rising will be demolished under a consent order issued by the Government to preserve buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street, it has been claimed. Minister  for Heritage Heather Humphreys (above) has  rejected the claim.

A house occupied and held by iconic Fine Gael hero Michael Collins during the 1916 Rising will be demolished under a consent order issued by the Gover(...)

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