Minister for Jobs and Enterprise  Richard Bruton: “We have shown significant improvements in our cost position and that is reflected by  surveys of the National Competitiveness Council.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s international economic competitiveness had improved significantly in recent years, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bru(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton  after their first joint press conference in July. Coalition members in fear of losing their seats in the next election after poor opinion poll ratings.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Poor opinion poll ratings for the Coalition partners and fallout from the water charges controversy have left Ministers in fear of losing their sea(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings yesterday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Enda Kenny is trying to do a Moses today. He needs to part the raging reds’ sea and lead his frightened and exhausted coalition through walls o(...)

Richard Bruton briefed the Cabinet 
on the issue 
yesterday, and 
also 
sent a witness statement provided by Gerry Ryan, an official in the Department of Jobs, to An Garda Síochána. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton is to meet the civil servant in his department who sent a controversial dossier containing allegations of tax evas(...)

A senior Labour Party minister has said he has doubts over whether the Economic Management Council (EMC), the four member committee which sets econom(...)

Michael McGrath: “We must be clearer, better at communicating and we must have very distinct points of difference between us and the other parties”

A senior Fianna Fáil TD has warned the party must take more distinctive policy positions to stand out from its rivals if it is to improve on its curr(...)

‘Dolores had a special message for An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, which she delivered with her eye focused firmly on him.’  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hope House, situated on the banks of the Moy in Foxford, Co Mayo, is a residential centre specialising in the treatment of alcohol, drugs, gambling an(...)

There has been an increase in complaints of engines, particularly in new cars, being destroyed by added kerosene in the fuel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thirty-one complaints of “petrol-stretching” have been made to the Revenue Commissioners since July in counties Mayo, Roscommon and Galway.Mayo had mo(...)

Dara Calleary: the legislation is “being stretched to include matters linked to media mergers”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil has described as “very odd and slightly suspicious” the inclusion of media merger-related issues in legislation to deal with patents.“I a(...)

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil must carve out a distinctive identity and give people a reason to vote for the party or it risks becoming the “next SDLP”, a byelection po(...)