Minister for Tourism for Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe unveiling plans for global St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has paid tribute to Ireland’s diplomatic corps “who have played a huge role in the restoration of our in(...)

Elle Woods from Loughrey during the 2014 Easter Rising anniversary commemorations.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There should be a “shameless celebration” of the Easter Rising centenary whatever government is in power in 2016, the Fine Gael national conference ha(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan kept the Taoiseach “informed at all times” about his health and eye procedure, Enda Kenny said.He told reporters a(...)

Minister Paschal Donohoe during the Securing the Recovery session at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael in Government aims to increase visitor numbers by one third, from 7.6 million to 10 million in the next decade, Minister for Transport and T(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD speaking on ‘Crackdown on Crime’ at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in the Mayo Convention Centre, Castlebar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new criminal justice inspectorate may be put in place to amalgamate the Garda Inspectorate, the Inspector of Prisons and the Prison Service, Ministe(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton told the Fine Gael national conference that full employment was within Ireland’s grasp twice and “twice that was snatched from us by bad policies”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Full employment was within Ireland’s grasp twice and “twice that was snatched from us by bad policies”, Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruto(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “while China has formally lifted its ban on Irish beef, the next step will require a Chinese veterinary inspection to approve individual processing plants for export.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A formal agreement has been reached with China on lifting its ban on Irish beef, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced.He also confirmed small schools in(...)

Niall Collins:  FF justice spokesman critical of Taoiseach’s ‘amazing statement’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Four Courts came to visit the Dáil yesterday, albeit briefly. There was a bit of college debating society thrown in for good measure.And then the (...)

Jan O’Sullivan: independent review of hardship fund to be commissioned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will try to increase discretionary funding next year to help students facing severe financial hardship, but the(...)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said he wanted to send the message to businesses working with criminal gangs and to people buying black market cigarettes that “we need the taxes on cigarettes for the health services”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The IRA that supported the peace process has “gone away” and is not involved in diesel laundering, cigarette smuggling or petrol stretching, Sinn Féin(...)