“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

As thoughts turn towards the creation of a possible grand coalition between former Civil War enemies, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, a number party member(...)

 Ciarán Cannon

A former member of the Progressive Democrats, Ciarán Cannon assumed control of the party in the twilight of its life but joined Fine Gael in 2009 afte(...)

Independent Alliance candiate Seán Canney who has topped the poll in Galway East. Photograph: Dan Griffin.

Independent TD Seán Canney topped the poll in Galway East and will enter the Dáil with Fianna Fáil newcomer Anne Rabbitte and incumbent Fine Gael TD C(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe who has decided to postpone development of the western section of the Galway-Dublin cycle route following objections from landowners. Photograph: Collins

Politicians west of the Shannon have welcomed a decision by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe to postpone development of the western section of t(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

A drone nearly collided with a jet at Heathrow airport last December: many drone operators – both recreational and commercial – are ignorant of regulations or deliberately flout them.  Photograph: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Long-awaited rules on drone use, issued last week by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), will clear the way for greater business activities with the(...)

Coalition: Sources indicate there has been a definite change of attitude among some in Fine Gael since IAG chief executive Willie Walsh engaged in a round of publicity last week. Photograph: PA

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs and Ministers say the Coalition should seriously consider selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. Some backb(...)

Proposed design for UCD Confucius Institute

Not everyone was toasting Jan O’Sullivan’s first education budget, but when she visits China this week they’ll be raising a glass to the Government(...)

Harry McCann (15), founder of Digital Youth Council,  at home in Clane, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

On many a night at 11pm Eamon Judge wanders into his living room at home in Kinsale, Co Cork, to find his 16-year-old daughter, Ciara, engaged in a(...)

Last Tuesday morning, before the reshuffle of Ministers of State was announced, former Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates – who knows a thing or two about (...)