Besides worries about climate change and security of supply, Ireland faces a capacity issue. Photograph: Eirgrid

A nuclear reactor is unlikely ever to dominate the landscape of Carnsore, Co Wexford. In Co Leitrim not a single rock has been fracked – and none migh(...)

Damien O’Neill of Greenwood Park in Coolock was sent   to prison for 56 days. Photograph: Collins Courts

Two of the five water protesters have been committed to prison for 56 days, with the remaining three for 28 days. The punishment for contempt i(...)

A rally in support of the jailed protesters will be held in Dublin today, Friday, and is expected to draw thousands of people. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 0:57

The jailing of five water protesters for defying a court order has been portrayed as a “political act” by a leading figure in the anti-water charge(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the date of the same-sex marriage referendum is Friday May 22nd: he said he hoped it would be passed and an image sent out of a “tolerant and inclusive Ireland”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has emphatically ruled out any coalition with either Fianna Fáil or Sinn Féin after next year’s general election. He also confirm(...)

Finance Minister Michael Noonan: A&E consultant Dr James Gray noticed the condition of exopthalmus (bulging) of the eye when watching a report of Mr Noonan attending another meeting of EU ministers in Brussels. Mr Noonan later underwent surgery. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Minister for Finance had already sought medical advice for an eye problem by the time a perceptive surgeon spotted the condition on TV. Michael No(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (left) talks to Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos next to Michael Noonan during a European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels February 17th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Earlier this year Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin did an interview with this newspaper in which he excoriated the Coalition for being a pushover when it soug(...)

“I already do bootcamp twice a week,” says Senator Averil Power, “but I don’t think this is quite the same thing.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Once upon a time just about the only qualification you needed to become an election candidate was a surname that approximated with the outgoing TD (if(...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

Meetings of European finance ministers are usually as exciting as a double physics class held on Lough Derg during a penance weekend. Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister. Photographer: Matt Dunham/Bloomberg

Meetings of European finance ministers are usually as exciting as a double physics class held on Lough Derg during a penance weekend.But the new Syriz(...)

The debate on developing states had moved from overseas development aid to international tax policies in the past ten years.

The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has criticised Irish tax policies which have had a negative impact on poo(...)