Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

The first candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been declared,with Fianna Fáíl’s selection of Ivan Connaughton at a selection convention tonight.

The first candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been declared,with Fianna Fáíl’s selection of Ivan Connaughton at a selection conv(...)

Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, but for how much longer?

Eamon Gilmore kicks off his final morning as leader of the Labour Party by hosting a breakfast meeting in Iveagh House. Ironically for him, tod(...)

 Minister for Communication Pat Rabbitte: accused Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary of having a propensity towards ‘g ossip and speculation and mischief-making’. File Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has insisted there is no Cabinet “squabble’’ about the property tax.The Labour Party Minister said Minister f(...)

Kate Colleary and journalist Olivia O’Leary at the funeral of Gordon Colleary, founder of USIT, in St Joseph’s Parish Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

American Catholic mystic Thomas Merton was quoted at the funeral of Gordon Colleary (73) whose funeral Mass took place at St Joseph’s church in Dublin(...)

Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton reiterated his aim of having 100,000 additional people in work by 2016. He said Ireland was competing in a tou(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: denied there had been a “cull” of medical cards and there was “no intention of having a cull of medical cards”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has told the Dáil he has “full confidence” in Minister for Health James Reilly. He was resp(...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea:  said there was no direction on severance payment when he resigned as minister for defence in 2010, but added that he would have complied with such a direction if it had been in place.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has chastised senior Fianna Fáil TDs for accepting ministerial severance payments, triggering a Fianna Fáil counterattack on Mr K(...)