Fearful: Kathleen McDonnell, at the ruins of Teampail na Naoi Naomh, on Loop Head. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Within eight months of his election, on March 13th last year, Time magazine declared Pope Francis its person of the year. An American gay magazine,(...)

Charlie McCreevy: former minister of finance. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy “just laughed” when his predecessor Ray MacSharry told him spending budget surpluses “without giving a(...)

John Gilligan, who was not in court, was released from prison last year after serving 17 years for drug dealing. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on applications by John Gilligan and his wife Geraldine for legal aid to cover the costs of a forensic account(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton poses for a photograph with a delegate at the Labour Party conference in Enfield, Co Meath,  on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a half-conference really, which even senior Labour figures admitted privately was mainly put on to make sure the party capitalised on th(...)

Minister of State Alex White: “I am not saying I am in favour of that.”

The Government has indicated people may have to pay charges under its scheme to provide free GP care. Alex White, the Minister of State (...)

Ireland is emerging from a period when “our country and our people have been to hell and back”, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has told the Labour Party conference tonight.

Ireland is emerging from a period when “our country and our people have been to hell and back”, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  told the Labour Party (...)

Tanaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

This time last year the Labour Party seemed to suffering the same political battering as the south and west coasts of the country have taken ov(...)

John Gilligan pictured this afternoon at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Supreme Court has given directions for the exchange of legal papers in an appeal over the seizure of assets of John Gilligan and his family. Gilli(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, talks to the media on the second day of the Labour’s parliamentary party annual think-in at Johnstown House in Co Meath yesterday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Labour’s parliamentary party meeting in Enfield, Co Meath, this week marked the beginning of the second half of its term in Government. To say the com(...)

Minister for Public Enterprise and Reform Brendan Howlin in Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, for the annual Labour ‘think-in’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has warned against cutting too deeply in next month’s budget, saying an unnecessarily large adjustment (...)