Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil Hogan is expected to finalise his team of advisers during the next few weeks, as he prepares to take responsibility for the European Commissio(...)

From left: Brendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan), Colm Keaveney (Galway East) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have insisted they will stand in the next general election, after Micheál Martin this week asked any TDs thinking of ret(...)

The Man They Call Aherrin would never have allowed the Garth Brooks fiasco spiral out of control and upset hundreds of thousands of Irish mammies and men with John Wayne complexes. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Enda and Joan are playing their cards very close to their chests. “Snap!”The days are long in Government Buildings. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have to(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he was conscious of the political, economic and trade factors that might warrant opening embassies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Consideration has been given to re-opening Ireland’s embassy in Iran but lack of resources prevents the Government having resident representation in T(...)

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit today and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making f(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea:  said there was no direction on severance payment when he resigned as minister for defence in 2010, but added that he would have complied with such a direction if it had been in place.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has chastised senior Fianna Fáil TDs for accepting ministerial severance payments, triggering a Fianna Fáil counterattack on Mr K(...)

 Mary Hanafin with her Fianna Fáil affiliation papers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:41

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin came under pressure yesterday as some of his party’s most senior TDs strongly criticised the decision to approach(...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe:  “There is an expectation now that they will deliver.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is an expectation the four Northern Ireland parties involved in discussions on the peace process “will deliver”, the Dáil has heard. (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore talks to the media after his meeting with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Ireland’s diplomatic corps has been an “essential part” of efforts to restore the State’s international reputation and economic recovery, the D(...)

Circle of life: Patrick Scott in his studio. Photograph: Kevin Dunne

Throughout the past 70 years or so Patrick Scott, who died today at the age of 93, wove his way through the intricacies of Irish cultural life (...)