Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that the Government will begin talks with trade unions next year on restoring pay and pensions for public sector workers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The State’s largest public service trade union Impact has welcomed comments from Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin indiciating that the G(...)

Support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael is down four percentage points while support for Sinn Fein was up four points. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A new opinion poll has put voter support for Sinn Féin just one point behind Fine Gael. Sinn Féin is at 24 per cent while Fine Gael is at 25 percent, (...)

Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan with Northern Ireland Secretary of State  Theresa Villiers at Stormont House in  Belfast. Photograph: PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan wants all-party talks in Northern Ireland on issues such as flags, parading and the past to resume in Se(...)

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

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A battered and bruised Government that experienced resignations, demotions and a winnowing of members has limped into the summer recess. The holiday p(...)

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

Capital Radio DJ Colm Hayes before the station went on air in July 1989. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The first song played on independent radio in Ireland was Phil Lynott’s Old Town. I know, I was there, on the roof of St Stephen’s Green shopping c(...)

Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

The father (centre)  of Israeli citizen Dror Hanin mourns with others at his funeral in the cemetery in Yahud, Israel, yesterday. Dror Hanin is the first Israeli casualty since the beginning of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The violence in Gaza and its cost to civilians was not acceptable, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil. He said that on takin(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The trial in Cairo of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa set for yesterday has been postponed until August 12th for “technical reasons”.His sister Nosayba(...)