Kathleen Lynch: said politicians ‘cannot be expected to carry the argument on their own’ when it comes to the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners for equal marriage rights in the forthcoming referendum should not rely solely on political parties, but should mobilise other groups in (...)

Ciarán Lynch: “The issue of cost is one that the inquiry team is very conscious of and it has been dealt with at every meeting to date.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch has pledged to drive down projected costs of the investigation into the €64 billion bailout ahead of the cross-p(...)

Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy: she was the first to speak out at the meeting and said more women should have been appointed by Mr Kenny.

A number of female Fine Gael TDs last night strongly criticised the lack of women appointed to the junior ministerial ranks by Taoiseach Enda Kenny e(...)

File image of Simon Harris at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Our neighbours in Britain have had a Cabinet reshuffle because the government there was regarded, in that ungainly phrase, as “male, pale and stale”.H(...)

A 2002 file photograph of Denis Lyons, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state who has passed away, and Dan Boyle of the Green Party watching the Seanad election count at Leinster House. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin has paid tribute to former party TD and minister of state Denis Lyons who has died.Mr Lyons (78) was a TD for Cork N(...)

Former city councillor Gary O’Flynn who had denied obtaining money from clients by deception. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A former Fianna Fáil councillor convicted of theft when working as a financial advisor has been jailed for 12 months by a judge who said he was guilty(...)

Protesters congregate at Victoria Park for a democracy rally in Hong Kong yesterday. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Calling for full democracy, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong yesterday, on the 17th anniversary of the territory(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: his position is secure and he is likely to stay on as party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

A decade ago, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked about the likelihood of Fianna Fáil going into a coalition with Sinn Féin. Surprisingly, he did no(...)

The big winners on the northside of Cork City are Sinn Féin who will gain a seat in Cork North East through newcomer Stephen Cunningham, who is vying with Workers’ Party veteran Cllr Ted Tynan to top the poll on about 20 per cent in the four-seater. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A recount and recheck in two Cork city wards have delayed the final result and the ultimate composition of the new 31 seat council, which looks set to(...)