Newly elected Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Bobby Aylward (wearing purple tie)  arriving at Leinster House  with Micheál Martin and members of the Fianna Fáil Party. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Instead of being allowed to bask in the glow of referendum and byelection victories, Micheál Martin has been immediately brought down to earth by the (...)

On Tuesday evening Cardinal Piestro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called the referendum result a “defeat for humanity”.Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano/Handout

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Ireland is keen to “maintain an ongoing dialogue” with the Holy See, notwithstanding the outspokenly negative c(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I did not see the report you refer to. Neither did the Minister for Transport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda Kenny has admitted that he had not read an internal Aer Lingus document on the sale of the airline that indicated job losses of up to 40 per c(...)

 Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin airport. The airline is in good shape at present, arguably enjoying some of its best trading years since the Irish economy collapsed in  2008. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s six months since Willie Walsh first tabled a bid for Aer Lingus. It’s four months since Aer Lingus told the stock market that it was willing to r(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I do not believe in abortion on demand, but there are very sensitive stories in respect of fatal foetal abnormalities and other issues.’ Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has firmly ruled out a referendum repealing the controversial 1983 constitutional amendment on the equal right to life of the (...)

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  made this issue a crusade, and the Labour Party may regain some of its supporters as a result of being the most visible party during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:20

The factors that contributed to victory for the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum are difficult to transfer into conventional politics. The(...)

Bill O’Herlihy pictured with John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final in July last year as he prepared for his final broadcast for RTÉ Television. Photograph: Steve Langan/Inpho. 6:03

Former RTÉ presenter Bill O’Herlihy has died. He was 76. RTÉ said in a statement that he “passed away peacefully at home this morning”. O’Herlihy, a n(...)

Yes voters celebrate at the central count centre at Dublin Castle on Saturday. The young could easily identify with the cause. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A beautifully shot video from Christmas 2012, of a 20-something Dubliner wandering the streets of the city and debating whether to stay in Ireland, of(...)

British prime minister David Cameron president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker  at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga last week. They meet for formal discussions today. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker travels to the UK today for talks with David Cameron in the first bilateral meeting between the Br(...)

Senators Katherine Zappone and David Norris: the latter was told in the Supreme Court in 1983 that homosexuality was “morally wrong, and has been so regarded by mankind throughout the centuries. It cannot be said of it . . . that no harm is done if it is conducted in private by consenting males. Very serious harm may in fact be involved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

On a Friday morning in April 1983, David Norris, then a 38-year-old lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, took his place in the public gallery of the Su(...)