Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle (left) and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan (right) are to consult  supporters before making their decisions known on Tuesday on whether to run for  Ceann Comhairle. Photographs: Dave Meehan/Gareth Chaney

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan are both poised to run for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr Doyle and Ms O’Sulliva(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail is the party’s candidate for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr O’Fearghail was chosen at a parliamentary party mee(...)

A file image of Independent candidate Maureen O’ Sullivan seen at the count centre in the RDS in Dublin last month.  Photograph: Collins

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has indicated she will stand for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Ms O’Sullivan told The Irish Times she is to cons(...)

Ibrahim Halawa: arrested by the Egyptian army as he took refuge in a Cairo mosque while Muslim Brotherhood protesters staged a “day of rage” in August 2013

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has expressed his “deep concern” after Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa’s trial in Egypt was adjourned for the 1(...)

Sean Quinn: a group of his former colleagues now runs Quinn Industrial Holdings

Police on both sides of the Border are investigating attempts to sabotage trucks belonging to Seán Quinn’s old manufacturing business. The business,(...)

Brendan Smith (60) was Fianna Fáil spokesman on foreign affairs in the last Dáil and, in that role, he was highly critical of dissident republican act(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys at the Cavan-Monaghan count centre. She was the first TD elected in the constituency. Photograph: Aine McMahon.

Fianna Fáil’s newcomer Niamh Smyth has won the fourth and final seat in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency. Ms Smyth was elected on the 10th count with(...)

John Whittingdale, Theresa Villiers, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Iain Duncan Smith and Priti Patel attend the launch of the Vote Leave campaign at the group’s headquarters in central London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said she would campaign for the UK to leave the EU. Ms Villiers is one of six British cabine(...)

Emma Coffey at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis at Citywest, Dublin. She believes a UK exit from the EU would be a massive blow to Ireland’s relationship with Britain. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Republic is losing an estimated €300 million annually because of fuel smuggling across the border, Fianna Fáil foreign affairs spokesman Brendan S(...)