TaoiseachEnda Kenny arrives for a European People’s Party (EPP) meeting  in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA 2:11

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Ireland will not support debt relief for Greece as crisis talks continue in Brussels. Speaking to reporters on the way i(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: ‘Repeal of the act would have negative consequences for rights’. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Belfast Agreement will be damaged if the British government carries out its pre-election pledge to repeal the UK Human Rights Act and withdraw fro(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development  Phil Hogan. “Our populations are ageing rapidly and we still need major reforms to ensure pensions and healthcare systems can cope with this societal shift.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Union has jobs and people at its core and is much more than an economic project, according to Ireland’s commissioner, Phil Hogan. Mr H(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “It is essential that our road traffic laws are both respected and enforced. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A plan to clamp down on large numbers of traffic offenders who are getting away without penalty points has been welcomed by Minister for Justice Fra(...)

‘Kevin Cardiff made no bones about the fact that Ireland was pushed into the EU/IMF bailout in November 2010 but he also said he felt grateful that the institutions were prepared to fund Ireland for three years.’ Above, then taoiseach Brian Cowen and minister for finance, Brian Lenihan,   making a statement following the Cabinet meeting  regarding the EU/IMF  bailout in 2010. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Events at home and abroad over the past week have put the Irish response to the crisis that engulfed the country in 2008 into a clearer context and ha(...)

The Government has today decided to withdraw 1c and 2c coins from circulation, with prices being rounded up or down as appropriate. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Government has agreed to the rounding of prices involving 1c and 2c coins to the nearest 5c, which would lead to the withdrawal of the coins from (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Mr Kelly has welcomed the news that the  variable mortgage interest rate for homeowners with loans from local authorities is being cut by 0.2 per cent.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

The variable mortgage interest rate for homeowners with loans from local authorities is being cut by 0.2 per cent. The move, which follows a decisi(...)

More than 1,200 cases of illegal fuel laundering and waste dumping have been dealt with by local authorities South of the Border over the past five years. File photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

More than 1,200 cases of illegal fuel laundering and waste dumping have been dealt with by local authorities South of the Border over the past five ye(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)

The resignation of  Garda commissioner Martin  Callinan (above) in March 2014 caused a political storm. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is assessing the implications of the Fennelly Commission report on the issue of the resignation of former Garda commissioner Mart(...)