Peter Sutherland said 3,419 asylum seekers known to have drowned in the Mediterranean last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The majority of EU states have failed to respond adequately to migration, which is one of the most urgent humanitarian challenges of our time, accordi(...)

Peter Sutherland, former EU Commissioner: ‘Other neutral states within the Union  . . . have made domestic declarations of solidarity to other member states in clear and unambiguous terms. They were not bound to do so but they have seen it as their duty.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland fails to show solidarity with its EU partners in the way it operates neutrality, said former EU Commissioner Peter Sutherland.He said the Iris(...)

‘Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, one of the most courteous TDs in the House, issued a devastating response to Mary Lou McDonald who had the brass neck to ask if the Labour Party supported Sinn Féin’s demand for an official North/South inquiry into abuse.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The latest revelations about abuse and intimidation within the republican movement have highlighted the dark shadow Sinn Féin is casting over Irish de(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Government’s plan would ensure that work paid more than welfare and the numbers of working people and their children in poverty would be reduced. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to cap Government spending below the growth rate of the economy if he is returned to office. In an article in today’s(...)

‘The iconic status of Gerry Adams for the republican movement meant there was never a chance that party deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald would decline to back him to the hilt in the face of Maíria Cahill’s allegations regardless of the political consequences.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The performance of Sinn Féin in the forthcoming general election has the potential to dramatically alter the nature and direction of Irish politics. D(...)

Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan

Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan. He said tha(...)

‘The forthcoming election will be a do or die battle that will determine whether after more than a century of influence on Irish public life the party has a future as a significant political force.’ Above, Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Labour Party’s obituary has been written at regular intervals since the foundation of the State but the party has always managed to defy the odds (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “Our children are too important. We must be certain that our investment in this area is as effective as possible, giving the best outcomes to children, young people and their parents.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Significant changes in the funding of childcare are expected to emerge from a high-level group established by Minister for Children James Reilly whic(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s stated today that the commitments in IAG’s bid for Aer Lingus do not go far enough, but that the Government was open to considering revised proposals. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has issued its most positive response to date to the IAG takeover bid for Aer Lingus, but said the commitments offered in the proposals(...)

A diesel-laundering operation in Co Monaghan.

A group of parliamentarians from Ireland and Britain witnessed 12 diesel laundering “fronts” in operation during a recent visit to the Border betwe(...)