Ruairí Quinn, who along with fellow former Labour leaders Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, will not contest the next election. Photograph: Frank Miller

One hundred TDs and Senators – or close to half the Oireachtas – are not expected to return to Leinster House after the general election, with €14 mil(...)

Pensioners reach for their queue numbers outside of the National Bank of Greece, as they wait to withdraw their benefits. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/ AFP/Getty Images

There was a well-known advert for a global fruit company running on TV for many years. It opened with soft-pan shots of an idyllic fruit farm in South(...)

Pat Rabbitte: “It will be a difficult election for the Labour Party . . . We get 19 per cent of the vote and 90 per cent of the blame.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte has said his decision not to contest the next general election was not influenced by his relationship with Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

Pat Rabbitte has confirmed that he will not stand for re-election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Pat Rabbitte ended months of speculation yesterday by confirming he will not stand for re-election. The former Labour leader told his party colleagues(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

Marriage-equality supporters  at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Too much. We kept repeating it to each other. By way of a greeting. Instead of ‘hello’ or ‘how’s it going?’ neither of which would cut it on this d(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the North-South Ministerial Council press conference at Dublin Castle on Friday with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Before Cabinet this week, as Minister for Finance Michael Noonan prepared to announce a commission of investigation into the Irish Bank Resolution Cor(...)

Former Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Mr Gilmore issued a statement this eveni(...)

Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

The decision was finally made to sell off some of the family silver in the Dáil yesterday. It was removed from the State’s sideboard amid bitter excha(...)