Cancer patients have criticised the Government’s high-profile medical card system reform plan, warning the changes have failed to change the focus on an applicant’s income, have left people in the dark and effectively allow the Coalition to "put a plaster over a wound that needs urgent surgical attention".
Wed, 26 Nov, 2014
"I wish Maíria well, I hope she finds happiness". With these words from Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, the woman at the centre of yesterday’s there and a half hour Dáil debate threw her hands up in the air and shook her head in disbelief.
Thu, 13 Nov, 2014
ON the anniversary of the people’s decision to save the Seanad, the second chamber has burst back into public consciousness with the bizarre nomination of John McNulty to contest a by-election on behalf of Fine Gael caused by the election of stalwart party grandee Deirdre Clune to the European Parliament.
Fri, 03 Oct, 2014
With the economy back on track, the prospect of two easier budgets in the 18-month run-in to the next election has increased the chances of the current Coalition seeing out its full term, and even securing a second one, writes Political Editor Mary Regan
Fri, 19 Sep, 2014
The votes are still being counted, but attention is already shifting to whether this weekend's Local and European Elections mark a breaking of the mould in Irish politics, or merely a mid-term kicking for the Government.
Sat, 24 May, 2014
I HAVE a friend who went to a posh Munster boarding school back in the 1970s. When the lights went out every night in the dorm the competition would always begin with the words: "My father has two Zetors."
Thu, 22 May, 2014
It is hard to conceive of a more damning indictment of former justice minister Alan Shatter, the dysfunctional Department of Justice, or of the Garda Siochána, than barrister Seán Guerin’s scathing report on their cavalier handling of, and failure to properly investigate, allegations of wrongdoing brought to light by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
Sat, 10 May, 2014
The former Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, failed in his duties to investigate complaints made by the garda whistle-blower Maurice McCabe, according to a damning report which recommends an independent examination into a range of allegations of garda malpractice.
Fri, 09 May, 2014
In a country where political resignation is more a state of mind rather than an occasionally used sometimes even an honourable bookend to a discredited political career these are indeed seismic, almost GUBU II weeks in political and public life.
Thu, 08 May, 2014
An inquiry into the taping of phone calls at garda stations across the country will examine the broader issue of whether there was any “unlawful or improper” conduct by the gardaí investigating the death of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier 18 years ago.
Tue, 08 Apr, 2014