What do you think might play when Enda’s phone rings? Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron stopped a recent cabinet meeting to give his chief whip Michael Gove a bit of a dressing down.The former minister(...)

Minister for the  Marine Simon Coveney says  there is great potential for all types of aquaculture around Ireland’s coast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Six hundred applications for fish farm licences are under consideration by Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney. He said he anticipated “significant (...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:31

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Clare Daly: Independent TD  argues that as Ireland was a neutral country, its Defence Forces personnel should never have had any involvement with the occupational forces in Afghanistan. Photograph: Alan Betson

A demand by Independent TD Clare Daly for a withdrawal of Irish troops from Afghanistan was rejected by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. The Minis(...)

Independent councillor Gary Donnelly was one of three men sentenced last November over the painting of political slogans on the walls. File photograph of Derry walls.

Dissident Republican Gary Donnelly has won an appeal against a six-month jail sentence in Derry Crown Court after being convicted of causing criminal (...)

Ibrahim Halawa: has had court proceedings postponed twice since his incarceration in Tora prison in August 2013

While Ibrahim Halawa will be happy that his cellmates, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, have been granted a r(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Hard cases make bad law. But hard cases also test bad law and expose contradictions and lacunae, and it seems that Ireland has a bewildering propensit(...)

Kathleen Lynch has urged political parties to give their views on abortion before election, saying it would “allow the people to decide who gets elected and who does not’’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch has challenged political parties to include their views on abortion in manifestos at the next gener(...)