Brendan Howlin (L): ‘Ireland needs this Government returned to office.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A vote transfer pact between Fine Gael and Labour is the “best way” for the Government to secure re-election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

Tom Arnold: said the panel was dealing with issues “important for now and for the future”

Tom Arnold has been appointed to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, an independent body tasked with combating problems re(...)

The Government has shelved plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election budget. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition has dropped plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election(...)

 Labour deputy  Aodhan O Riordain who told the MacGill Summer School that the Republic envisioned by the signatories was based on equality, equal franchise, respect for minorities, religious and civil liberty.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Backbench TDs have told the MacGill summer school of the need for thorough reform of both national and local government and a redrawing of Dáil practi(...)

Who’s trad? LAPD members Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Dónal Lunny at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Big House Festival takes place from August 3rd to 5th at Castletown House in Celbridge, Co Kildare. It is one of the most interesting arts festiva(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald , at the Convention on the Constitution, at Malahide, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael parliamentary chairman Charlie Flanagan has said he will raise with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan what he(...)

Garret FitzGerald helped make Ireland a “psychological insider” within the European Union. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Europe Day was marked yesterday with the inaugural Garret FitzGerald Memorial Lecture, when the former taoiseach was praised for making his gre(...)

Events are taking place across the EU to mark Europe Day

Sixty-three years ago today French foreign minister Robert Schuman - with the ostensible aim of preventing future war in western Europe - laid (...)

Ireland has the potential to export wind energy as other countries struggle to meet renewable energy targets. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland is touted as the European Saudi Arabia of wind with its wild Atlantic coast and large tracts of rural land. It also has the potential t(...)