Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Did Michael Noonan get beaten up by a Greek when he was younger? Perhaps it is just our wily Minister for Finance’s facetious way, but he seems to rev(...)

Look, Ireland! Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan at the launch of the Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy in Government Buildings on Tuesday.

In an historic development for citizens overseas, this week the Government published the first State commissioned plan for diaspora policy. Taoisea(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: Said he has been given assurances that the national economic dialogue will not make any decisions on pay. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators expressed concern at separate private party meetings last night about the effectiveness of existing measures to (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he said it had been the Government’s policy to allow banks to “dictate the pace, shape and nature of arrangements”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected as unconstitutional a Fianna Fáil Bill to deal with mortgages in arrears.Mr Kenny said the solution Fianna Fáil off(...)

 Enda Kenny will insist the Coalition remains committed to reform on the basis of accountability and transparency. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today tell an employers’ group the Coalition will not return to the “old culture” of deals struck between interest groups (...)

Launching her party’s clár for the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Derry on Friday and Saturday, Ms McDonald referred to her party’s recent abstention in the vote on Independent Socialist Clare Daly’s defeated Bill to permit abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín will not support an ardfheis motion on allowing abortion in fatal foetal abnormality cases which is strongly backed by the (...)

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has called for the Government to seek the extradition of a “notorious” swimming coach accused of multiple cases of sex abuse. Photograph: Eric Luke

A call has been made for the Government to seek the extradition of a “notorious” swimming coach accused of multiple cases of sex abuse who was granted(...)

The writing has been on the wall for a while, but what a few weeks it has been for Irish beef – Ireland is now the only European country to be allowed(...)

Tánaiste Joan Bruton speaking  at the Labour Party conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

If Labour has decided now is the time to fight back against its critics, then perhaps a message from the grassroots has filtered to the top. The confe(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)