‘Head of a Bearded Man’, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.

Businessman Denis O’Brien has spent more than €2 million on on a Rubens painting from Russborough House in Co Wicklow, which will be donated to the St(...)

Brendan Howlin said the ‘desirable’ UHI model remains an objective for the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has insisted it remains committed to universal affordable healthcare despite dropping its original plan for Universal Health Insurance (...)

Catherine Day, former European Commission secretary general,  received the European of the Year 2015 award in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former European Commission secretary general Catherine Day says she hopes the Paris attacks will not mark the end of the Schengen Agreement, which abo(...)

Brendan Howlin said: ‘We empathise with decent, honest, honourable people going about their business’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Paris attacks could happen in any European city but Irish Muslims should not be “stigmatised” in the aftermath of events in the French capital, Br(...)

North-South relations: “Despite working in and around Leinster House for more than a decade and studying Irish at school, I’m still self-conscious of my pronunciation of the word ‘Dáil’ and even ‘Taoiseach’.”

The humble Nordie settled south of the Border is often misunderstood. At the risk of adding to the stereotype of the “whingeing Northerner”, I think w(...)

Government Buildings, Dublin

The reader reels away from this extended polemic feeling like an exhausted participant in a long lunch with John Drennan, the Sunday Independent polit(...)

Former  minister Pat Carey: has “absolutely and unconditionally” denied “any impropriety” after sexual abuse allegations against a politician, adding  he did not know if  allegations related to him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has appointed TD Billy Kelleher as the party’s director of elections for next year’s general election, following th(...)

Gardaí are understood to be examining how information that officers were investigating sexual abuse allegations made against a former politician was made public. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Gardaí are understood to be examining how information that officers were investigating sexual abuse allegations made against a former politician wa(...)

Minister ofr Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at a press conference on the 2016 Budget. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says scrutiny of the budget by TDs is under-developed by international standards, wi(...)

A Labour spokesman has said: “Maíria Cahill [right] has addressed her brief involvement with RNU on numerous occasions in the past, and on the public record.” The spokesman said Labour was proud Ms Cahill was the party’s candidate for the Seanad. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:09

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised the Labour Party’s candidate for a vacant Seanad seat, Maíria Cahill, for refusing to answer questions(...)