The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

“Mickeys missing!” shouted Enda, trying to be helpful.We scanned the ranks of the newly promoted Ministers of State arrayed on the steps in front of G(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton on the steps of Government Buildings today with new Ministers of State (back row, from left): Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humphries, Aodhán O’Riordán, Ged Nash, Dara Murphy, Ann Phelin, Tom Hayes, and (front row from left) Paul Kehoe, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:59

Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

Which Ministers can make it over Becher’s Brook? 4:04

Predicting the outcome of Enda Kenny and Joan Burton’s deliberations on the Cabinet is like asking a person who doesn’t know the difference between a (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: forearmed with the knowledge that her elevation would be a formality, both sides have been working on their strategies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The next 48 hours are going to be critical for this Coalition Government. Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton know their negotiatio(...)

Some 90 per cent of the €6.8 billion in State money could end up being invested exclusively in Dublin, says Waterford TD  John Deasy. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Fine Gael backbencher John Deasy has accused the Government of ignoring regional development.He said the distribution of investment across the State (...)

Full list of candidates A battle is looming in the Wee County where sitting councillor Michael O’Dowd and his nephew Garrett jockey for positio(...)

Eoin Colfer: “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland, which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The former primary school teacher, bes(...)

Andrew Doyle: Irish Water failed to respond to emails about restrictions due to algal bloom

A Government Minister has sharply criticised Irish Water for failing to respond to a TD who contacted the authority a week ago with concerns about wat(...)

Fergus O’Dowd: Environmental Protection Agency study to take up to two years

No development “whatsoever” will take place on fracking in the State until the completion in 2016 at the earliest of a scientific survey, the Dáil has(...)

Fergus O Dowd: online freedom needed for future economic and social development File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Protection of freedom online is critical for future economic and social development, Minister of State for Communications Fergus O’Dowd said. (...)