Billy Kelleher: Fianna Fail  will  not go into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin and will not support a Fine Gael-led minority government from the outside. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the election inches closer, the conundrum of how the next government is going to be put together assumes ever greater significance. That uncertaint(...)

In March, Martin Davoren pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court to 12 sample charges of assaulting Sarah  Clancy at various locations between dates in 1986 and 1988.

A woman who waived her right to anonymity after a man was convicted of sexually abusing her has said the State’s handling of his case “shows a clear d(...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

At the launch of Operation Thor at Garda HQ are Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey and Gurchand Singh, head of the Garda analysis service. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

In the debate on the extent of rural crime, there are two versions of what is happening. The first is inspired by a number of terrible events that hav(...)

Enda Kenny: underestimated throughout his career. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

‘He’s like an embarrassing uncle at a wedding,” groans a younger political operative who has had frequent dealings with Enda Kenny recently. “E(...)

The Government had an overwhelming majority in the first vote on the Budget which was in favour of a 50 cent increase in the price of a pack of 20 cig(...)

The delay means the process of bringing in new laws covering many areas will not come into effect as early as hoped. Photograph: Getty Images

A delay in publishing the Bill to criminalise buying sexual services is “disappointing” and “regrettable” said rights groups. It had been anticipated (...)

 Frank Feighan: ‘Roscommon hospital will always be associated with my name.’  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has confirmed he will not contest the next general election. Mr Feighan, who faced a tough re-election bid in the Roscomm(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has told Independent TD Denis Naughten that the Government has spent thousands of euro on electronic tags for sex offenders which are going unused. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government has spent thousands of euro on electronic tags for sex offenders which are going unused due to a legislative delay. More than €100,000(...)

Parents can register their children for the Under-6s Free GP Care from Monday, June 15th onwards. File photograph: Getty Images

Some 60 per cent of doctors have signed up to the scheme for free GP care for under-6s, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. Parents can regist(...)