Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold a meeting on Tuesday morning with the Garda Commissioner where security issues such as the IRA. Mr Kenny has called Nóirín O’Sullivan (right), Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Tánaiste Joan Burton to Government Buildings. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold a meeting on Tuesday morning with the Garda Commissioner where security matters such as the IRA will be discussed. Mr (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)

Former  Garda commissioner Martin Callinan  (above) resigned last year after being visited at his home by former secretary-general of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A report into the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan has been received by the Department of the Taoiseach. The interim inquiry b(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Sinn Féin has a particular responsibility to assist a solution.

The British and Irish governments will this week make a determined effort to ascertain whether the DUP and Sinn Féin can arrive at a political arrange(...)

The retirement of previous Garda commissioner Martin Callinan in 2014 caused political controversy at the time, and the Opposition accused Taoiseach Enda  Kenny of effectively sacking him. The Taoiseach rejected the allegations.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The report on the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan is likely to be published early next month, possibly as soon as next week. (...)

Joanne O’Riordan (19) from Millstreet, Co Cork, with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Áras an Uachtarain in 2014.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenager Joanne O’Riordan has been awarded the prestigious Junior Chamber International (JCI) Outstanding Young Person of the Year award. Ms O’Riorda(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP chief’s move has exerted pressure on the DUP to follow suit. Photograph: PressEye

The DUP said it will meet the British prime minister David Cameron soon to try to avert the collapse of Stormont institutions after the Ulster Unionis(...)

Almost 40,000 people with a third-level qualification emigrated from Ireland in the 12 months to April. Photograph: Thinkstock

When the Government published its first diaspora policy in March this year, encouraging emigrants who had left the country in their droves to retur(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

‘Not to be outdone Sinn Féin staged its own elaborate re-enactment of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, featuring a large group of supporters wearing the uniforms of the Irish Volunteers and carrying replica guns.’ Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The investigation into the killing of Kevin McGuigan in Belfast is raising uncomfortable questions for Sinn Féin, but it should also provoke some seri(...)