‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry 1:56

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny gives evidence at the Banking Inquiry

Party politics took centre stage at the Oireachtas banking inquiry when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton launched blistering attacks on F(...)

Eamon Ryan said the country needed Green policies like public banking, which removed profit from the lending equation, and instead provides a social dividend to local communities. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has returned to boom and bust economics, according to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, at the launch of his campaign to take a seat at th(...)

The appointment of a raft of new judges by the Government has raised questions regarding the separation of powers, according to Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

The appointment of a raft of new judges by the Government has raised questions regarding the separation of powers, according to Social Democrat TD Cat(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:  “We have reached a point where Italy and Greece, who are really on the front line, are under unsustainable pressure.” Photograph: Collins

Ireland has agreed to accept 600 refugees, mainly from Syria and Eritrea, over the next two years, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said.(...)

Before the banking inquiry ...  Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern “accounted for his stewardship   with some aplomb.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The banking inquiry has not produced the fireworks and public humiliations anticipated by many, but it is all the better for that. If it induces a sen(...)

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Alexis Fitzgerald. File  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The former Fine Gael TD and senator Alexis Fitzgerald has died, aged 70. While his political career was short-lived, Mr Fitzgerald was one of the pro(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern photographed in his office in 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Bertie Ahern was one of the most popular and successful politicians in the history of the Irish state. He won three general elections in a row between(...)

The Taoiseach told the parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday night that a lot of work remained to be done before the election. Photograph: Getty Images 4:35

Fine Gael will be on an election footing when the Dáil returns in late September, the party’s TDs and Senators were told last night. The party plans t(...)

US troops at Shannon airport. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

It is inconceivable that Ireland would not voluntarily join in the defence of an EU member state under attack, foreign policy expert Paddy Smyth has t(...)