Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s stated today that the commitments in IAG’s bid for Aer Lingus do not go far enough, but that the Government was open to considering revised proposals. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has issued its most positive response to date to the IAG takeover bid for Aer Lingus, but said the commitments offered in the proposals(...)

A significant number of ministers have contacted by The Irish Times said selling to Willie Walsh led IAG would make commercial sense. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There has been a shift in attitudes among some in the Labour Party over the past week and half towards selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus,(...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: to stand  as an Independent in Galway West as her constituents were overwhelmingly in favour of her standing as a non-party candidate. Photograph Collins/Courts

A former Fine Gael senator linked with Lucinda Creighton’s new party has decided to contest the next general election as an Independent. Fidelma Heal(...)

Minister for Jobs  and  Enterprise  Richard Bruton with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day  Enterprise International programme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ministers travelling abroad for the annual programme of St Patrick’s week trade missions will have to report back to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the succ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is travelling to the US for St Patrick’s Day

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton will both travel to the United States as part of the annual St Patrick’s ministerial trade missions.Twen(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show that it is his ambition to one day lead Labour. Mr Kelly also criticised Sinn Féin for ‘false promises’ during the interview. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said it is his ambition to lead Labour in the future. Mr Kelly, the party’s deputy leader, also compared t(...)

Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

Coalition: Sources indicate there has been a definite change of attitude among some in Fine Gael since IAG chief executive Willie Walsh engaged in a round of publicity last week. Photograph: PA 2:13

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs and Ministers say the Coalition should seriously consider selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. Some backb(...)

A new Irish Water strategy plan says almost half the water supply around the State is lost through leaks in the water network. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost half the water supply around the State is lost through leaks in the water network, Irish Water has said.The semi-State today publishes its Wate(...)

The group Mothers and Fathers Matter gather outside Leinster House to mark the presentation of The Children and Family Relationships Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Children and Family Relationships Bill was finally signed off at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting and received a broad welcome across the political spe(...)