Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health Colm Keaveney said the Government and the responsible Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, had failed in promise to ring fence an additional €37 million per annum for services.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has said it will give a cast-iron commitment to increase funding for mental health services by €200 within five years if it is returned to(...)

Two Government Ministers have defended Taoiseach Enda Kenny amid Opposition claims he has not taken enough interest in areas seriously affected by recent flooding. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two Government Ministers have defended Taoiseach Enda Kenny amid Opposition claims he has not shown enough interest in areas seriously affected by re(...)

Again and again, research has shown that denominational schools are far more likely to contain minorities such as travellers or immigrant children, and to welcome them. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

An American company designs survival capsules, that is, reinforced pods to protect people from natural disasters like tsunamis. They are built to high(...)

Denis O’Brien claims the dossier was supplied to him on a USB stick anonymously last October after he hired a private investigator to look into his belief of a conspiracy to damage him personally and professionally. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

An assertion that businessman Denis O’Brien’s use of his media and business interests means he has “become Ireland’s Berlusconi” is among several defa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: sat on his own, shipping dog’s abuse from Micheál Martin and not much better from Gerry Adams during Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Collins

Don’t hold back, Micheál, whatever you do. “You will say anything, Taoiseach, to get elected. You will say anything to cover up something. You will de(...)

Denis O’Brien: alleges dossier is part of a conspiracy to damage him. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Red Flag consulting firm being sued by Denis O’Brien has confirmed it had a client for a dossier of material relating to the businessman which he (...)

Denis O’Brien: “It is clear to me that this is part of a campaign to undermine me and to disseminate false statements about me.” Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

In the sweltering Caribbean heat and humidity of an October day, 223 people gathered on the lawns of King’s House, the official residence of the gover(...)

Colm Keaveney:   The speech “was entirely composed by myself”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Colm Keaveney, the Fianna Fáil politician named in court by lawyers for Denis O’Brien who claim there is an unlawful conspiracy against the businessma(...)

Denis  O’Brien: claims PR firm Red Flag Consulting is involved in a conspiracy against him. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

A speech by Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney that has emerged as the central focus of businessman Denis O’Brien’s legal action against a Dublin public (...)