Former MEP Emer Costello who has received an apology from SIPO for suggesting she was the biggest spender in the Dublin constituency in European elections last May. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Standards in Public Office Commission has apologised to former MEP Emer Costello for suggesting that she was the biggest spender in the Dublin (...)

Lucinda Creighton: She and a number of her colleagues lost the Fine Gael party whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill over  a yar ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Reform Alliance TDs will become members of the technical group following the resumption of the Dáil today after the summer break. The leading f(...)

‘At one of his first EU meetings Albert Reynolds  came to the conclusion that Mitterrand was talking nonsense and simply butted in saying: “Hang on a minute there François. I don’t agree with that at all”.’ Above,  Reynolds and  Mitterrand, along with  as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French prime minister Edouard Balladur, German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and finance minster Theo Waigel at the two-day summit of the European Council December 1994. Photograph: Juergen Schwarz/  Reuter

The tributes paid to Albert Reynolds for his undoubted achievement in building the peace process raise interesting questions about how to judge the su(...)

Albert Reynolds: “He had the vision to see the opportunity and the courage to act on it. We should be very grateful to him for that,” said Tony Blair

Leading national and international political figures have united to pay tribute to former taoiseach Albert Reynolds for his role in bringing peace to (...)

‘The Downing Street declaration was the foundation stone on which the peace process was built.’ Above, British prime minister,  John Major, with  taoiseach  Albert Reynolds,  following the  agreement of the Downing Street Declaration in December 1993.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield / THE IRISH TIMES

Albert Reynolds was taoiseach for just over 2½ years but in that short period he became the architect of what was subsequently called the peace proces(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said   publication of the legislation was an important milestone towards the transposition of the EU Framework Decision on combating terrorism.

New anti-terrorist legislation to bring EU rules into effect in Ireland was published today by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. The Criminal (...)

 Ben Page: “When we polled people earlier this year, only 24 per cent believed that we should replace elected politicians with professional managers.”

The belief that trust in politicians has fallen to an all-time low is a myth, according to Ben Page, an opinion-poll expert in the UK. Mr Page, chief (...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton following the EU council meeting yesterday. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

EU foreign ministers have agreed that individual member states can provide military support to Kurds battling Islamic militants in Iraq but Ministe(...)

‘John Bruton’s core point is that if commemorations are about drawing relevant lessons for today’s generation from the work of past generations then the remarkable exercise of parliamentary leverage that achieved Home Rule may have greater relevance to today’s generation of democrats than does the blood sacrifice of Pearse and Connolly.’ Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish politicians are routinely criticised for focusing on parish pump issues and ignoring the big national and international questions of the day, bu(...)

   Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan announced that the Government would provide emergency funding of €500,000 to help the Yazidi and Christian communities being targeted by Islamic extremists in Iraq.

The decision to call an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels today to discuss the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq has been welco(...)