Taoiseach Enda Kenny has firmly ruled out remaining on as Fine Gael leader until 2020. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has firmly ruled out remaining on as Fine Gael leader until 2020 or beyond as suggested by Government chief whip Paul Kehoe. Mr K(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

Minister Simon Coveney:  ‘You can expect quite a lot of people sank with the vessel which is really horrific to think about.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The LÉ Niamh may stay in the Mediterranean for longer than originally intended due to the scale of the refugee crisis, Minister for Defence Simon Cove(...)

Fine Gael leadership: Likely candidates loom into view. Photograph: Getty Images

The claim by Government chief whip Paul Kehoe that Enda Kenny would serve out a second full five-year term as Taoiseach if he wins the next election i(...)

Renua deputy leader Billy Timmins: queried why RTÉ gave Sinn Féin such publicity for its partisan commemorations. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Renua deputy leader Billy Timmins has accused Sinn Féin of attempting to colonise the 1916 commemorations by stealth. He also queried why RTÉ gave Si(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  and Minister for Education John O’Dowd. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A Sinn Féin Minister in Northern Ireland has raised concerns about the relationship between the British security service MI5 and dissident republica(...)

Inside Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A leading art expert has suggested it would be preferable to sell the entire Beit collection, rather than allow Russborough House to fall into termi(...)

 European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

Pearse Doherty: letter shows Government “blatently misinforming” Eurostat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

An attempt to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Eurostat decision on Irish Water has been rejected by the Cathaoirleach of the House, Senator Pa(...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)