‘Thankfully the true neighbourly feelings that exist between the vast majority of people that live in these islands can be expressed without inhibition now that the slow learners of the political world have come to terms with the reality.’ Above, Prince Charles and   his wife Camilla  are welcomed  to Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph:  Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA

The abiding image of Prince Charles’s visit to the west of Ireland was not the much-publicised handshake with Gerry Adams but the dignified way the he(...)

Newly-married couple Anne Fox (nee Cole) and Vincent Fox cast their votes in Dublin in  the referendum on their wedding day. Photograph: Getty 0:48

Turnout in the first national referendum to legalise same-sex marriage and on the age of candidates for the presidency has been reported at more than (...)

 Yes Equality leaders joined  fellow Yes campaigners  to call for “one final push” in advance of polling day on the same-sex marriage referendum.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Polling stations across the country have opened for the referendums on same-sex marriage and reducing the age of presidential candidates. Just over 3(...)

Sinn Féin has high hopes  its candidate, Cllr Kathleen Funchion, will poll better than the party did in last year’s local elections in the county. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 9:08

The outcome of the byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny tomorrow will have important implications for all of the political parties with a little over six mon(...)

The Taoiseach said Ireland could make history by voting “yes to inclusion, yes to rights, yes to love and yes to equality, yes to equal marriage”. Photograph: Getty Images 3:03

As the same-sex marriage referendum campaign draws to a close Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made a passionate last- minute plea to voters to make history a(...)

Peter Sutherland: “I could not continue as  chairman of Goldman Sachs and give the migration question the attention it deserves.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former EU commissioner Peter Sutherland is retiring as chairman of Goldman Sachs to devote more time to dealing with the challenge of migration.Mr Su(...)

Just 5% of Independent voters mentioned anti-austerity or water charges as motivating their choice, while 2% said they were socialists

Most of the current high level of support for Independents is based on local factors or distrust of established political parties, according to the la(...)

Migrants  inside the  hull of their wooden boat off the coast of Libya:  Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and Moas (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) rescued 561 migrants on Thursday May 14th. Photograph: Jason Florio/Moas/Reuters

More than half the electorate is opposed to allowing migrants fleeing north Africa to settle in this country, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipso(...)

Enda Kenny: the ‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll asked who people would vote for if an election were held tomorrow: the results were Fine Gael 28%; Labour 7%; Fianna Fáil 20%; Sinn Féin 21%; and Independents/Others 24%. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

With less than a year to go to the general election support for Fine Gael is continuing to rise and satisfaction with the Government is at its highest(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Rise in support for Fine Gael is encouraging for those in the party who want Kenny to call an early election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The continued rise in support for Fine Gael revealed in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll will encourage those in the party who believe Taoiseach(...)