Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

In the end, everything hinged on a single letter. After almost a year of talks, months of redrafting, an all-night negotiating session and the largest(...)

Pat Kenny will moderate the debate with fellow broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The first debate among the leaders of the main political parties will take place on TV3 on Thursday. Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams and Joan(...)

September 24th, 2015 Gary Hutch (34) is shot dead pool-side at an apartment block near Marbella after a life of crime. The killing is believed to h(...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Cllr Máire Devine, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD and Cllr Darren O’Rourke at the launch of a billboard campaign outside the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin had a good start to the campaign last week and took credit for highlighting the confusion over the Government’s figures on the fiscal space.(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described as “outrageous” the call by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald for the abolition of the Special Criminal Court. “What’(...)

Sipke Shaughnessy: ‘Perhaps more than any other demographic, Irish emigrants have a high stake in the political future of this country.’

When Enda Kenny announced the date for Ireland’s upcoming general election on Wednesday, the political commentariat finally stopped holding its breath(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton and others arrive for the formal launch of the Labour Party  campaign held at the Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Somebody in Sinn Féin has a sense of humour. The party launched its election campaign in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy, otherwise known as the RIA. A l(...)

A Connemara Village was first exhibited by the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London, in April 1934 and then, in November 1937, at Combridge’s Gallery in Dublin where former taoiseach John A Costello is understood to have bought it for £85.

A painting of a west of Ireland landscape owned by a former Fine Gael taoiseach, the late John A Costello ,has come to light and will be sold at aucti(...)