Breda O’Brien: “All we wanted was an apology and was offered a completely inadequate response which was a right of reply. It is not up to you to defend yourself. It is up to the organisation that defamed you.” Photograph: David Sleator

Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien has stated that she and other members of the Iona Institute only sought libel damages after RTÉ refused to apologi(...)

Joey Redmond at the LGBT Noise protest on South King Street in  Dublin this afternoon. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

RTÉ’s decision to apologise and pay damages over allegations of homophobia amount to a threat to free speech, a rally heard this afternoon. A c(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said if you enter the arena you cannot expect the Queensbury rules will always apply. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Any commentators or contributors to public debate must be prepared for “robust, heated, personal and sometimes even hostile argument”, Minister for Co(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick: “I think it will be a very important election for Fianna Fáil and for the people of Dublin.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Expectation is building in Fianna Fáil circles that Dublin councillor Mary Fitzpatrick will seek the party’s nomination to contest the European electi(...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan:  “We need new blood, but the door isn’t closed entirely.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Attempts by former senior Fianna Fáil office holders to return to elected office are expected to be firmly resisted by party headquarters.“We need can(...)

Anne Doyle and her partner Dan McGrattan at a  funeral last year. Ms Doyle retired from RTÉ almost two years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former newscaster Anne Doyle has spurned an approach from Fianna Fáil to contest the European elections next year. Ms Doyle, who retired from RTÉ almo(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 70 days the electorate will decide whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann. Now that the October 4th referendum date has been pencilled into th(...)