President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)

China Investment Corporation chairman and chief executive Ding Xuedong. Based in Beijing, the corporation is a sovereign wealth fund established in September 2007. Photograph: Reuters

The National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) is expected to today unveil a significant investment by the China Investment Corporation (CIC) in a new tech(...)

“Good evening.Three years ago, Ireland entered a bailout programme. This affected every household in our country. In March 2011, you gave Tánaiste Eam(...)

GAA president Liam O’Neill and Chairman of the  Football Review Committee (FRC) Eugene McGee: The FRC would have become aware that there is a huge interest in the whole business of fixing the inter-county season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a couple of months it will be the 35th anniversary of then minster for health Charles Haughey’s deathless description of his Family Planning Bill a(...)

Joe Brolly: said naming of a GAA club in the North 
Of Ireland
is no one else’s business and invited everyone to “like it or lump it”.

Kevin Lynch was a member of the Irish National Liberation Army. That means he pondered the political landscape of the North of Ireland in the 1970s an(...)

Most lobby groups will be happy to hold on to what they have next year in the hope things might start to get better in 2015

The time for lobbying is over. The final budget decisions have been taken. Interest groups will now have to wait and see if the measures announced by (...)

Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar says precise adjustment figure is less important than avoiding new taxes. Photograph: David Sleator

A senior Fine Gael Minister has said he is not overly concerned that budget reductions may be less than €3.1 billion, as long as it protects middle cl(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “We should be setting a key economic target of near full employment over five years.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

It was the 19th century British prime minister Lord Melbourne who first emphasised the need for his government to be “on message”, although it took a (...)

Anti-abortion protesters with graphic anti-abortion posters outside the Dáil during the debate on the Protection of Life Bill.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Are de facto proponents of abortion entitled to be squeamish about the nature of the consequences their activism is likely to deliver to Irish society(...)

On the eve of Fianna Fáil’s Árd Fheis Taoiseach Enda Kenny the party was not facing up to its responsibility for Ireland’s economic mess. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin ahead of this weekend’s Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis. Speaking at the fif(...)