President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, now 74 years old, is more than half way through his seven-year term, which began in November 2011. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has not ruled out running for a second term in office. Speaking in San Francisco, California on Sunday, the President said(...)

The  Thornton Hall prison site in north county Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Thornton Hall prison site in north Dublin is worth €48 million less than its current valuation in Prison Service accounts, the report of the Compt(...)

Aoife Maguire arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Collins.

A former official at Anglo Irish Bank has said he was not aware that, when a fraud officer was appointed in 2010 to examine the “archiving” of certain(...)

Catherine Murphy is surrounded by the media after leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after the High Court clarified that  The Irish Times, RTÉ and other media can report comments by Murphy in the Dáil about businessman Denis O’Brien’s financial affairs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government-appointed investigation into transactions at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation is examining interest rates provided to borrowers to(...)

Catherine Murphy: her comments in the Dáil were published on the Oireachtas website. Photograph: Alan Betson

Houses of the Oireachtas sources claim Independent TD Catherine Murphy did not abuse Dáil rules or privilege when making comments about businessman D(...)

The Dublin District Family Court has heard a social worker and court-appointed guardian said two  children in interim care should be allowed to take a holiday with their foster carers. They were looking forward to it and were very excited. File photograph: Getty Images

Two young children in interim care are to be allowed to travel abroad on holiday with their foster carers after a judge at the Dublin District Family (...)

 Dublin District Family Court: Judge Brendan Toale said while reading the girl’s text messages might seem “a minor issue”, it could undermine her placement in the unit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

A teenager in a residential care unit was entitled to “a degree of privacy” and it was not necessary for staff to examine her text messages without di(...)

A wax figure of WB Yeats in the library at Westport House: a civil servant working in the Netherlands adapted the poem ‘Politics’ to describe a lawyer. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A civil servant with an overseas brief found himself distracted by a woman he described as a “lovely little lawyer bird” in April 1984, according to a(...)

Seán Donlon, Irish ambassador to the US during US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland in 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller

The opposition in Ireland to US president Ronald Reagan’s visit in 1984 made little impact in the White House, documents from the Department of Foreig(...)

Chairman of the banking inquiry committee Ciarán Lynch (Lab) says group will work for the Irish people and ‘leave club jerseys at the door’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The banking inquiry is an opportunity to “leave our club jerseys at the committee room door and to do an important job on behalf of the Irish people”,(...)