Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with the party’s then director of elections Frank Flannery, in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said former party strategist Frank Flannery is still a friend of his, despite a bitter parting of the ways earlier this ye(...)

Hits and misses: Brendan O’Carroll in Mrs Brown’s Boys

Even the most flapperphobic viewer can see the appeal of Downton Abbey (UTV) on Christmas Day. Nothing much happens that we haven’t seen versions of b(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

After 11 weeks of talks and 26 hours of continuous negotiations from Monday into the eve of Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the (...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s response to the request for a £2 billion financial package to seal a Stormont deal is “positive and generous”, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has said.

Northern Ireland’s political leaders remained locked in negotiations on Monday night as a deadline for reaching a deal on edged closer.Talks between t(...)

 Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: noted that the longer the talks went on, the “crankier” politicians became. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Peter Robinson said he felt like a “marathon runner who at the end of 20-odd miles has the stadium in sight”. But, in the same breath, he added: “Whet(...)

Win Butler, lead singer with Arcade Fire, has agreed to back a new charity coffee from Haiti having been persuaded by Kerryman Conor Murphy to back the venture

Good morning, The Anglo Irish Bank saga nears an end as Tom Lyons reports that the special liquidators have less than 500 million euro of loans(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: in launching  the Government’s National Dementia Strategy he described  dementia as: “One of a gradual leave-taking. Of absence.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/Irish Times

By 2041 some 140,000 people in Ireland will be affected by dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form. In just over a quarter century the (...)

Joan Burton: “I think the wellbeing of the woman, of the mother, of the family, of the baby should be at the heart of the debate.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she agrees with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s comments that the current abortion laws are “too restrictive”.Ms Burt(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: talks at a “crunch point”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

The North’s five main parties have asked British prime minister David Cameron for a £2 billion (€2.55 billion) financial package over 10 years to pers(...)

This week’s European Council marked a changing of the guard, with the new president of the council, Donald Tusk, and of the European Commission, Jean-(...)