Independent TD Tommy Broughan has called for the establishment of a permanent commission  to research levels of pay and wealth in the State as part of his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There are huge gaps and unknowns relating to earned income and levels of wealth in the Irish economy, Independent TD Tommy Broughan has told the Dáil.(...)

Brendan Smith: ‘When we go on a journey along the Border, we may at times be on our own networks of 3 or Vodafone but suddenly a British network can be used, leaving us with exorbitant charges for transacting business and making or receiving call.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A scathing attack has been launched on EU ministers for communication for a “blatant disregard for consumers” while instead “protecting the profits o(...)

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities(...)

Phelim Donlon: meeting him sparked lifelong careers, nurtured by wise mentoring

Phelim Donlon, who has died aged 78, was deeply influential in the remarkable expansion of professional Irish theatre in the closing decades of the la(...)

Sinn Féin ruled out going into coalition with Fianna Fáil after the next election, saying the electorate wanted a break with the past.

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have rejected suggestions they are ready to go into coalition with each other following the next general election, with both(...)

There has been an increase in complaints of engines, particularly in new cars, being destroyed by added kerosene in the fuel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thirty-one complaints of “petrol-stretching” have been made to the Revenue Commissioners since July in counties Mayo, Roscommon and Galway.Mayo had mo(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Press Association

Intensive talks to break the political deadlock in Northern Ireland are expected to start within the next fortnight, according to Minister for Foreig(...)

European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan of Ireland speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in Brussels. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Phil Hogan’s appearance at the European Parliament this morning was a master-class in political performance, as Ireland’s commissioner-designate succe(...)

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(...)