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(...)

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(...)