Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s pleas for leeway on their bailout programme have largely fallen on deaf ears so far. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

The Government may have been criticised for playing politics by announcing an expansive spring statement just months ahead of a general election, but (...)

MEP Brian Hayes said the European Commission should not use its new Digital Single Market strategy, due to be announced on May 6th, for political ends. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The European Union should not use its Digital Single Market proposal to target large US tech firms for “political means”, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes sa(...)

 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court  Mrs Susan Denham in court: she wrote ‘a number of members of the court have fallen ill . . .  and I believe that the cold temperatures have been a factor in this.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Chief Justice warned she would have to cancel court sittings earlier this year because it was so cold in the Supreme Court as a result of a faulty(...)

Brian Hayes has campaigned against what he views are “excessive” standard variable mortgage rates  charged by Irish banks since being elected to the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has told Irish MEP Brian Hayes that it does not plan to investigate the standard variable mortgage (...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi arriving for an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier

The European Central Bank is holding to its position that its president, Mario Draghi, will not go before the Oireachtas banking inquiry in spite of t(...)

Brian Hayes: a “radical change” of the current Irish mortgage system is needed

“Excessive” variable mortgage interest rates being charged by banks in Ireland, should be investigated by the Competition and Consumer Protection Com(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: says  Ireland views the passenger name records (PNR) proposal as a “priority” for the EU

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has written to Ireland’s 11 MEPs urging them to back contentious legislation that aims to facilitate the pool(...)

New side of Leo Varadkar: the Fine Gael TD told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ last weekend that he’s gay. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
Who is Leo Varadkar?

Last Sunday, on the morning of his 36th birthday, Leo Varadkar posed on the steps of the RTÉ Radio Centre, a bottle of water in hand, deep, tired c(...)

PTSB’s cuts of up to 0.42 per cent in variable rates will be applied  to new customers and those on existing “managed” variable rates but not to those on the standard variable rate. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new year was less than a week old when Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB lowered some of their mortgage interest rates. In PTSB’s case, cut(...)