Joan Burton:  The content of her speech was good. The emphasis was on Labour’s role in the recovery, with its implied staying hand on  Fine Gael. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland awoke to reassuring news from Killarney yesterday morning: Labour is keeping an eye on The National Carrier.Their Skibbereen Eagle moment.The (...)

Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

FIACH KELLYPolitical Correspondent The abolition of town councils – a key plank of the Coalition’s political reform programme – was wrong and should b(...)

 Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton addresses her party’s  conference at Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Labour Party will speed up the process of getting the benefits of the recovery to every family in the country during its final year in office, acc(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: ‘We did it in a very different way from the Greeks . . . But we got spectacular success.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As the pre-election demands from Syriza ran into European realpolitik in recent weeks, those in the Coalition have exuded a degree of satisfaction.(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Economic Management Council drew up contingency plans for the collapse of the euro when the single currency entered its most serious period of cr(...)

The unknown soldier monument in Athens. Whether Syriza’s radically different approach of taking a more vocal stance against the troika will deliver more or less benefits for Greece than was achieved in Ireland remains to be seen in the coming months.

The decision by the eurogroup of finance ministers to approve a list of reforms submitted by Greece brings to a close weeks of wrangling between the S(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was responding to The Irish Times story that salary was one reason former HSE director Tony O’Connell resigned unexpectedly after nine months in his €147, 549 job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has this morning said “the market has spoken” in relation to HSE wage levels and Ireland was now having difficulty co(...)

A significant number of ministers have contacted by The Irish Times said selling to Willie Walsh led IAG would make commercial sense. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There has been a shift in attitudes among some in the Labour Party over the past week and half towards selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus,(...)

Suzanne Lynch, European CorrespondentThe euro group of finance ministers has approved a list of reform measures proposed by the Greek government, pavi(...)

Protesters gather in front of the parliament during an anti-austerity and pro-government demonstration in Athens on Sunday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

The European Central Bank is unlikely to pull the plug on emergency funding for Greek banks this week despite a standoff between Athens and its intern(...)