Joan Burton got the plum job of announcing last week that social-welfare recipients will see their 2015 Christmas bonus rise to 75 per cent of(...)

Irish people have considerable sympathy for the ambition of British Prime Minister David Cameron to secure changes in EU rules that would keep (...)

An anti-abortion protester attends a mass marchin Dublin in July.  Photograph:  Nick Bradsha/The Irish Times

Members of the Government are acting in a “sad and reprehensible” manner by considering a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, accordi(...)

 Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin: he said there would be  less need for inquiries if questions had been answered.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Enda Kenny of being “the most unaccountable taoiseach’’ in many years. “He ducks and dives and avoids (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said while the outcome of the vote by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was expected, industrial action by emergency department nurses would not sort out the challenges being faced. File photograph: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is disappointed at the decision by emergency department nurses to strike from next month. “Strike will not assist a s(...)

The Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Voluntary hospitals and health agencies did not act outside their powers when they made top-up payments to senior executives, the Office of the Att(...)

Billy Kelleher: Fianna Fail  will  not go into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin and will not support a Fine Gael-led minority government from the outside. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the election inches closer, the conundrum of how the next government is going to be put together assumes ever greater significance. That uncertaint(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney stressed the Government would not do anything that “compromises Irish neutrality”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney have moved to play down concerns about Irish troops being dispatched to Mali to replace Fr(...)

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: Paris’s motto – Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk – on the Eiffel Tower. Photograph: Reuters

In a week that has belonged to the events of Paris, there is often guilt in a radio presenter’s voice when a programme shifts to a lesser item. This m(...)

FineGael poster from the 2007 general election

Here is what fudge reads like. “This Government will introduce Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. Under this system there w(...)