An Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI political poll in May 2015 put  support for Independents at 24 per cent.

Any observer looking at Irish politics will quickly spot the consistent opinion poll finding that voters with no interest in the bigger parties make u(...)

Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Róisín Shortall: in talks in talks on forming a new party.

Three prominent Independent TDs have been involved in talks on forming a new party that will challenge Shane Ross’s prospective alliance and Renua Ire(...)

New media mergers guidelines have described  a holding or voting strength of over 20 per cent as  constituting a significant interest in a media company.

New guidelines will give the Minister for Communications power to decide if a proposed media merger is in the public interest in terms of diversity an(...)

Catherine Murphy TD  outside Leinster House before the start of the debate on IBRC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

How much have the terms of the commission of investigation budged since the first draft was published last Thursday? On first reading not a whole lot,(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, at the publishing of   a new national strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. Photograph: Dave Meehan

As many as 200,000 houses in the State built during and before the 1970s may face health risks from lead pipes, according to official figures. The N(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she could conceive of no circumstances where Ireland would leave the European Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The “abhorrent” possibility of border controls being re-established between the State and Northern Ireland in the event of a ‘Brexit’ has been raise(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said to have considered some of the Opposition suggestions to be reasonable. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will agree to changes to the terms of reference for the commission of investigation into the Irish Bank Resolution(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty proposed the Bill as a response to the current levels of variable interest rates being levied by banks on home owners. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Central Bank would have temporary powers to impose a maximum cap on variable mortgage interest rates under new legislative proposals tabled by Si(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. The Dáil is to debate the terms of the commission of investigation into the sale of Siteserv to a company controlled by Mr O’Brien over two days. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed to allow two days in the Dáil next week for a debate on the terms of the commission of investigation into the Irish Bank Re(...)

Former chairman of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) Alan Dukes said the head of asset management at the bank played no part in the decision-making process around the sale of Siteserv.

The former chairman of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) Alan Dukes has said the head of asset management at the bank played no part in the(...)