Charlie Flanagan: “The parties have to consider whose interests would best be served by a prolonged period of direct rule, and how that might be regarded by the people of Northern Ireland”

There is an onus on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to engage with the tough compromises needed to get agreement in the Northern talks, according to Min(...)

‘One of the most interesting speeches for its tone and content was that delivered by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who launched a no-holds-barred assault on Sinn Féin in defence of his leader, Enda Kenny (above).’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Enda Kenny has survived one of the most dangerous weeks in his political life. A motion of no confidence in the Dáil, water protests on the streets an(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton at the North South Ministerial Council meeting earlier in December.  Mr Robinson has warned without a deal by Christmas, Stormont would fall.

The Irish and British Governments have agreed a joint paper which they hope will form the basis for agreement in the latest round of Northern talks(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (pictured) and British prime minister David Cameron will begin two days of talks in Belfast on Thursday aimed at breaking the long running deadlock between the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Collins

The Government in Dublin is cautiously optimistic that the Northern parties can agree a political deal before Christmas.Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Briti(...)

Support for the introduction of same-sex marriage is rising steadily, with a majority supporting the move, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has (...)

The 5th Annual Marriage Equality March campaigning for equal rights for same sex couples photographed gathering at City Hall where they marched to the Department of Justice, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The strong support for same-sex marriage as evidenced in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll will come as a welcome relief to a beleaguered Governm(...)

‘It is very much to their credit that Enda Kenny and his Fine Gael and Labour colleagues in Government have broadly done what was required to bring the country back from the brink of disaster’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Shortly after he took over as Taoiseach in a blaze of glory nearly four years ago, Enda Kenny remarked to colleagues that he would probably be the mos(...)

Fianna Fáil did not lead in any category but it was second in five and its ratings spanned economic and social concerns

Fine Gael outscores the other parties on major economic issues while Sinn Féin does best on community and social issues, according to the latest Ir(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald read the  names of politicians alleged to have had Ansbacher accounts  into the Dáil record during the week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

About €2 million of taxpayers’ money has been paid in fees as part of the long-running investigation into the financial affairs of former senior pol(...)

 Mairía Cahill: her controversy has had more impact on potential Sinn Féin voters than the arrest of Gerry Adams in May. photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The controversy surrounding Mairía Cahill has had some impact on the ability of Sinn Féin to attract support, but a majority of people say it will no(...)