Documents  show 32 small primary schools in Co Mayo – all of them of Catholic patronage – have been identified for possible amalgamation to reduce costs and support educational goals. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

One in six small schools which were earmarked for merger under a value-for-money review that was scrapped by the Government earlier this year are in t(...)

Report by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says pension deductions are ‘integral’ to meeting the  deficit reduction target has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

The pension deduction levied on public servants as part of emergency financial measures introduced in recent years remains “integral” to meeting the o(...)

The coffin of mother-of-two Lorna Carty, a victim of the Tunisia terror attack is carried in a hearse, escorted by players from Meath GAA and Dunderry GAA. Photograph: PA

The goodness and kindness of Lorna Carty will always be remembered, her funeral Mass in Co Meath heard on Saturday. Ms Carty was one of three Irish p(...)

Contrasting styles . . . Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Taoiseach Enda Kenny chat during a recent summit. Photograph: EPA/Julien Arnand.

The reckless and chaotic way the Syriza government is risking the future of the Greek people in a game of political poker it can’t win throws a favour(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny – Pondering an election date .... Averaging out its performance in the 17 polls since mid December, Fine Gael is on 25 per cent, a small improvement on how it performed up to December. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

On December 5th last year, just before the Dáil rose for Christmas, we took some time here to look at how the various parties had performed in a poll (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to the media as he arrives for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Anglo Irish Bank was going down the tubes. Alarm bells were going off everywhere. But it wasn’t Brian Cowen’s job to keep a watchful eye on wha(...)

 Enda Kenny: ‘The Minister has given [the banks] a warning.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that action may be taken against the banks in the next budget if they fail to reduce variable mortgage interest r(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that action may be taken against the banks in the budget if they fail to reduce variable mortgage interest rates.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that action may be taken against the banks in the budget if they fail to reduce variable mortgage interest rates. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised the Greek government for asking for an extension to its bailout “at the last minute”.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an untruth in his response to the Greek prime minister. Mr Kenny told Alexis T(...)