Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish and British governments deliberately allowed the Provisional IRA to continue as an “unarmed and withering husk” rather than risk a dissident(...)

Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley: the Laois-Offaly TD said he believed the Minister for Justice had breached code of conduct ‘and we will be looking into this’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Minister for Justice may have breached her ministerial code of conduct and abused her position to cast “blatant smears” on Sinn Féin, the party h(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams took a brief break from his holidays to effectively say the PSNI’s George Hamilton was talking nonsense. Then he resumed his summer vacation. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

If the Sinn Féin leadership is concerned or nervous about the PSNI chief constable’s weekend assessment that Provisional IRA members were involved in (...)

 Sinn Féin Laois-Offaly TD Brian Stanley, pictured with Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, said the party has “no problem” with an assessment of the status of the IRA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin says a new assessment of the status of the Provisional IRA will prove it no longer exists as an organisation. The party said it welcomed th(...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Irish Water has denied water meter installations will come to an end in Dublin this week.The utility company spoke out following Sinn Féin’s claims a (...)

Bord na Mona chief executive Gabriel D’Arcy: ‘We have done the engineering studies for it with regards to our part of the project.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Bord na Móna has said it is ready to submit its part of the planning permission for a giant reservoir which will supply the east coast with water. T(...)

Sinn Féin environment spokesman Brian Stanley: “Water is a basic human right.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Government moves to encourage householders to pay water charges will leave poor families with just a “trickle of water”, Opposition parties have warne(...)

Simon Coveney, Fine Gael transport spokesman in August  2010,  at the publication of the party's Vehicle Immobilisation Regulation Bill.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Motorists who have been victims of the worst excesses of unscrupulous clampers will find great satisfaction in the Regulation of Vehicle Immobi(...)