Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has described as a “red herring” the concern expressed by some religious groups that school (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to a memo to Cabinet proposing the introduction of tough new measures for repeat burglars including consecutive sentences and tougher bail restrictions.

A “legal armoury” will be put in place to tackle gangs who carry out repeat burglaries, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he Government needs to look at the ‘consequences of any such decision’ by the UK to exit the European Union. Photograph: Inpho

The exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union would be a matter of “very serious concern” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speakin(...)

‘John O’Mahony said he was being treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complied with the legislation. He was asked by Fine Gael headquarters to transfer to Galway West ahead of the election, leaving Michelle Mulherin (above)  to contest in Mayo along with Kenny and Michael Ring.’  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Senior politicians keep pretending the new gender quota law will not result in sitting male TDs losing their seats in the upcoming general election. “(...)

The inquiry prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sensitive material relating to the €158 million Mahon Tribunal, which prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil, is s(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. “The time has come for pay restoration but we don’t want to lose the productivity gains from Croke Park and Haddington Road. If anything, we’d like more.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MARTIN WALL Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said “outdated” work practices in the health sector will have to end in return for any pay restorati(...)

Terence Flanagan TD has said his “brain freeze” during an RTE Radio interview made him review his work/life balance. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Renua Ireland TD Terence Flanagan said he reviewed his work/life balance after having a “brain freeze” during an excruciating interview with RTÉ Radio(...)

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke

The annual MacGill Summer School will take place in Glenties, Co Donegal from Sunday July 19th until Friday July 24th this year.The theme for the even(...)

Future Voices founder Mairead Healy said the Youth:Elect programme was inspired by her organisation’s experience that young people were often not interested in politics because they felt “disenfranchised” from the political system.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thirty young elected representatives and aspiring politicians will take part in a new mentoring programme aimed at encouraging more under-30s to striv(...)

Mr Justice Kevin Cross. “A referendum is an occasion when a decision is made not by the government, the Houses of the Oireachtas or by the courts, but by the people who vote”

The Referendum Commission is using Facebook to urge people to check they are registered to vote in upcoming referendums . Voting on the same-sex marri(...)