US President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House, a fixed annual privilege granted to no other world leader.  Photograph: Chris Kleponis/ Reuters

‘Hello,” I said. “My name is Conor O’Clery. I am the international business editor of The Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland’s leading newspaper, calli(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

At the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985: Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King

Declassified state papers released today reveal mixed and even negative feelings towards the impending Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 on the part of t(...)

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 (...)

Customers using the Luas yesterday on the 10th anniversary of its launch, alight at the St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Bringing back the trams was the trendy thing to do in the early 1990s. New tramways were already running in the French cities of Grenoble, Nantes and (...)

Mr Justice John Mac Menamin: told summer school there was  a need for greater public discussion on the major changes that might potentially flow from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan / Collins

The board that advises government on the selection of judges has divested itself of its power in that process by a dramatic shift in how it interpret(...)

Prof Philip Pettit from Princeton University (left) with Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, and Prof Brian Nolan, principal, college of human sciences, UCD, at the UCD Garret Fitzgerald summer school in UCD yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It may seem counter-intuitive but putting more power into the hands of “unelected agents” at the expense of politicians can enhance democracy.That wa(...)

Veteran RTÉ presenter Bill O’Herlihy has said he has does not have a problem lobbying on behalf of the tobacco industry in relation to the issue of smuggling. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Veteran RTÉ presenter Bill O’Herlihy has said he has does not have a problem lobbying on behalf of the tobacco industry in relation to the issue of sm(...)

Atypical tiger: Alan Shatter in 2011. Photograph: David Sleator

In February 1979, when he was minister for health, Charlie Haughey rose in the Dáil and proclaimed that he had found “an Irish solution to an Irish pr(...)

Frances Fitzgerald with Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving her seal of office yesterday. The Dublin Mid-West TD is a staunch ally of her party leader. Photograph: Maxwells

In appointing Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice, Enda Kenny has chosen a staunch ally who has impressed in delivering major reforms to childr(...)