Tánaiste Joan Burton: appointed David Leach, one of Eamon Gilmore’s key lieutenants, to a key role in the Labour Party.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has appointed one of Eamon Gilmore’s key lieutenants to the most senior full time position within Labour, with a focus on electio(...)

The chairman of the Commission for Energy Regulation, which regulates Irish Water, is appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment this afternoon to discuss water charges.

The Taoiseach today expressed confidence in Irish Water managing director John Tierney as the issue of the introduction of water charges continues to (...)

The furore surrounding Irish Water will not be resolved by the Government removing the company’s senior management and board from their roles, Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The furore surrounding Irish Water will not be resolved by the Government removing the company’s senior management and board from their roles, Fian(...)

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It appeared Labour was taking the weekend’s opinion poll very badly.Their annual think-in didn’t sound like it was going too well either. As the openi(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said there is “more than one way to skin a cat” when it comes to striking a deal with Europe on Ireland’s debt. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Labour Party ministers have considered a number of options for next month’s budget, including cutting the higher and lower rate of income tax and the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: meeting in Fota Island will be dominated by forthcoming budget. Photograph: Maxwells

A little like pre-season friendlies in soccer, Irish politics eases itself into the autumn with the “away” parliamentary meetings, or think-ins as the(...)

James Reilly: . A spokesman for the former minister for health said: “In keeping with agreed Government policy, Minister Reilly was implementing a radical reform plan to end the current unfair two-tier health system.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Radical reform proposals for the health service criticised by senior Department of Health officials were in keeping with agreed Government policy, a (...)

US president Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the end of the Nato summit in Newport, Wales. Mr Obama said he will soon announce his plan to address US immigration reform. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times.

US president Barack Obama today said he will soon announce his plan to address US immigration reform, but sidestepped questions about whether he wo(...)

Prince Andrew attended a commemoration in 2003 in Kinsale in Co Cork to mark the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kinsale. Photograph: Jonathan Buckmaster/Getty Images

The decision to invite members of the British royal family to centenary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising would only be appropriate in the c(...)

West Ham United’s Mark Noble. He is a decent Premier League midfielder who played 20 times for England U21s but never made the senior squad

‘I know these players. Sure, a new manager will not change three, four or five. A new manager will continue the same way.” A year on, Giovanni Trapatt(...)