Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said the term “battle group” was “unfortunate and misleading”. He said this term  described the force size rather than its role and said it was a “standard technical military term for a battalion-sized force with support elements comprising 1,500 personnel”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Dáil has accepted by an overwhelming 72 to 25 majority Ireland’s participation in an EU battle group, led by Germany, to be established next year.(...)

Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

There is an old saying in Irish politics that the first thing on the agenda for any new political party is the split. As soon as the two main Trotskyi(...)

Lucinda Creighton: Position on referendum in line with party policy. Photograph: Sara Freund

The admission by Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton that it would enter coalition with parties committed to an abortion referendum was in line wit(...)

People taking part in the rally organised by United Against Racism, calling on the government to take in more refugees, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:51

The image of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, by now an indelible symbol of the refugee crisis in Europe, was once again invoked as thousands turne(...)

Clare Daly TD told an event organised by the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment: “It is the political establishment that is the key barrier to the change that is necessary and wanted on this issue.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Abortion rights is an election issue try as the Government might to avoid it, socialist TD Clare Daly has said. Ms Daly was reacting to comments made(...)

The report by Mr Justice Nial Fennelly indicates the need for a “root and branch review” of the justice system, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (...)

Independent TD Clare Daly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has claimed that the manner in which An Garda Síochána has conducted internal investigations into two related complaints of impropri(...)

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy: medal for bravery awarded for exceptional courage and resolve in the face of debilitating bubble-blindness. Photograph: AP Photo/ Thierry Charlier

'Dragon's Den' Enterprise Award Start-ups are springing up all over Leinster House as the SME sector experiences significant uplift on the poli(...)

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt  is nearing the end of a 20-year sentence.

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt is set to begin an ongoing programme of temporary releases within weeks to prepare him for his full release from pris(...)

A Garda and Army convoy escorts Michael McKevitt  from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, following a court appearance in 2003. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Five TDs have complained about the conditions in which jailed Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt is being held, and have expressed their “deep concern” (...)