The four key areas identified by British prime minister David Cameron as requiring EU reform were protection of the single market, boosting competitiveness, exempting Britain from even closer union, and restricting the rights of EU migrants to work-related benefits such as tax credits. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters 0:51

Demands made by British prime minister David Cameron on renegotiating his country’s membership of the European Union have been given a broadly positiv(...)

Very careful monitoring is needed  to ensure that a massive gap between tax and spending doesn’t suddenly open up,  once again requiring another bout of savage retrenchment measures. Above, Taoiseach, Enda Kenny Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A phoney political war has enveloped Leinster House in recent weeks as the parties manoeuvre for position in advance of the general election which pro(...)

The Standards in Public Office Commission has issued a damning report into the behaviour of Longford County Council chief executive Tim Caffrey. Photograph: Willie Farrell

Longford County Council chief executive Tim Caffrey is disputing the negative findings of a Standards in Public Office Commission inquiry into his beh(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Colm Keaveney’s query came in the wake of court proceedings taken by Denis O’Brien claiming that public relations company Red Flag had compiled a false and defamatory dossier about him. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil TD’s fears that his emails may have been hacked have led to the Houses of the Oireachtas issuing a detailed statement about IT security.(...)

A diesel laundering plant uncovered by the Revenue and Garda earlier this year in Co Monaghan

A serious crackdown on cross-border crime will have to be a crucial component of any new Northern agreement, according to Minister for Foreign Affairs(...)

“In order to survive Labour TDs will have to get enough first preference votes to keep their heads above water for long enough to benefit from transfers.”

Sinn Féin’s attempt to promote an election transfer pact with other antiwater-charge campaigners highlights the important role vote transfers will pla(...)

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey takes up his position as Chairman of the National Gallery of Ireland foundation in 1996. From the exhibition of Eamon Farrell’s work “Charles Haughey: power, politics and public image” at the Gallery of Photography.

An exhibition featuring photographs of Charles Haughey during some of the most dramatic moments of his extraordinary political career opened in Dubl(...)

The majority of delegates at a Fianna Fáil selection convention at the Longford Arms Hotel objected strongly on Thursday night when a woman was selected as the party’s candidate in the forthcoming general election at the direction of party headquarters. Image: Google Streetview

The majority of delegates at a Fianna Fáil selection convention in Longford objected strongly on Thursday night when a woman was selected as the party(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says delay of 20 months is considerable. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government yesterday agreed to appoint seven judges to a second Special Criminal Court to deal with a backlog of terrorist cases. Minister for Jus(...)

 Fianna Fáil spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is proposing an increase in rent supplement and the lone-parent allowance as part of a plan to reform the social welfare and pension syste(...)