‘Crucially, Joan Burton  managed to differentiate herself from the rest of the government in the public mind and that clearly paid dividends in terms of her personal popularity.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A new departure has taken place in Irish politics with the election of the next tánaiste by the ordinary members of the Labour Party. It is the first (...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD announcing he will resign from Cabinet. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Sweeping changes in the personnel and structure of the Government have been set in motion with the resignation of Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn(...)

The highlight of Ruairí  Quinn’s career was undoubtedly his tenure as the Labour Party’s first minister for finance between 1994 and 1997 in the rainbow coalition led by John Bruton.

Ruairí Quinn is a serious politician who has had a significant impact on Irish politics and society for more than three decades.His decision to resign(...)

Far from resenting the vampire myth, people in Transylvania regard Bram Stoker as a hero. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The medieval town of Sighisoara in the heart of Transylvania is breathtakingly beautiful. Its narrow, cobbled streets, its brightly coloured houses, t(...)

‘Joan Burton, the hot favourite to take over as the new Labour Party leader, couldn’t resist describing those who favoured a €2 billion adjustment as “austerity hawks”. The use of this trite phrase plays straight into the hands of the Opposition and undermines Labour’s own considerable achievement in Government.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The latest bout of posturing by both Coalition partners over whether they should stick to the financial adjustment targets agreed with the troika for (...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: open to submissions. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Political Editor The terms of reference for a commission of investigation into mother and baby homes should be agreed before the Dáil summer recess in(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: “A joint venture between the two companies will manage their common business activities in biomass, wind energy, shared services, and recreation and tourism.” Photograph:  EPA/Nicolas Bouvy

The Government has agreed to a partial merger between two large semi-State companies, Bord na Móna and Coillte. The Cabinet made the decision yeste(...)

 ‘John McGuinness went away beyond his remit by calling for the heads of senior civil servants who are simply trying to implement government policy with reduced resources.’  Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

It has been another unedifying week in Irish politics with Government, Opposition and the media playing their part in ensuring that sound and fury ove(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members who launched a policy document today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sweeping changes in the political system are advocated by the Reform Alliance in a policy document launched today.However, the group of TDs and senato(...)

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission said its own inquiries meant it was “satisfied that our databases were not compromised” and that “there was no evidence of Garda misconduct.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) says “question marks still remain” over allegations that its offices were bugged, despite a report from(...)