Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After the opening credits of his TV3 programme on Wednesday night, Vincent Browne took a swing at the Government at the end of one of the more chaste(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was confident Irish Water would pass the so-called market test when the European Commission examined the new structure unveiled by the Government this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection is considering hiring more staff to administer the new €100 water conservation grant announced as part of the rev(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Alan Cumming: ‘I’m not one of those people who lets life go.’ Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

In 2010, Alan Cumming was told by his estranged, cruel and ailing father, Alex, that he was not his son. It was the latest twist in their tortured (...)

Minister for the Enviroment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly says the Government is committed to tackling the homelessness problem. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly will this morning announce an additional €4 million to keep homeless services open in Dublin until the end of(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald:  acknowledged the report had raised serious concerns and represented a “challenging” interrogation of how the Garda investigates crime.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has rejected suggestions that the force massaged crime figures, after the Garda Inspectorate revealed (...)

Trials to select the Irish women’s team to contest the home international championship for the Lady Milne Trophy begin this coming weekend at Templeogue Centre.

The bridge season has been marked by record participation in national championships, peaking with 147 pairs in Duais an Uachtaráin won by M Brady and (...)

Independent TD and PAC member Shane Ross yesterday said the issue presented a “very serious situation”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The fact that the TDs accused of tax evasion in the dossier provided to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) belong to another era may go some way to l(...)

In a  letter to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, the civil servant maintained  he had drawn up a briefing note and associated background material which “disclose a system used by, inter alia, senior politicians to evade Irish taxation in very significant amounts over many years”.

A serving civil servant has given an extensive dossier to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee making allegations of substantial tax evasion over an ext(...)

John Tierney, MD of Irish Water: held a briefing with TDs and Senators at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Fine Gael TD last night warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may not be able to support the party in the Dáil unless the Government began listening to its(...)