Fine Gael and Fianna Fail – are stating their positions and their policies in language which avoids, like the plague, the shorthand words that have been traditionally, and correctly, used to express the ideological divide in democratic politics: left and right. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Now that the starting gun has been officially fired for the 2016 general election, two significant trends have emerged which, taken together, indicate(...)

The banking inquiry found the ECB issued an explicit threat to Ireland if it proceeded to burn senior bondholders. The warning was issued through a phone call between Michael Noonan andJean-Claude Trichet followed a phone conversation between Enda Kenny and Mr Trichet. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to detail the content of his conversation with former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet about bu(...)

Contractors dismantle an illegally installed section of the Corrib gas pipeline, at Aughoose, Co Mayo, in 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Corrib gas project is a template for “how not to undertake a development”, according to a new planning approach published by the British Instituti(...)

Eileen Cleary with her daughter Leona (3) and nine-month-old son Ricko: The family, along with 10 others, has been given until at least Tuesday evening to vacate the site. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Traveller families with 15 young children who were facing eviction from an unauthorised site in Galway have been given a temporary reprieve, following(...)

Sedco 711 drilling rig at the Corrib gas field. It is a semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depth of up to 550m.

1996: Gas discovery reported 83 km off Mayo by Enterprise Energy Ireland (EEI). August 2001: Mayo County Council approved permission for an onshore(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace  was one of three TDs who attended the hearing  in the  Special Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

Three TDs attended a bail application yesterday by a Dublin man who has been in custody since last May after his arrest on IRA and explosives charges.(...)

 Moore Street in Dublin, one of the key sites in the 1916 Rising. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil has proposed that Dublin’s historic Moore Street area, one of the key sites in the 1916 Easter Rising, should be developed in the way that(...)

The GAA pitch beside Coláiste Ghobnait on Inis Oírr. Photograph: Cormac Coyne

Windguru and Magic Seaweed are not websites most school principals would consult first thing every morning, but then Mairéad Ní Fhátharta’s daily rou(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey has come under pressure to explain his role in the current pay controversy surround(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)