Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British government has issued the most strongly worded warning yet to Northern Ireland’s politicians that it will not pay for a more generous we(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams felt obliged to remind Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he is “a player” and not merely a “junior partner” in the Northern Ireland negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The difficult question of the Disappeared raised its ugly head in the Dáil yesterday. This had nothing to do with the disposition (sour) of Gerry Adam(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told the Dáil the Coalition had not decided “on a final date yet”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Referendums on same-sex marriage and lowering the age to contest presidential elections will be held in May of next year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has sai(...)

The Taoiseach has said Gerry Adams won’t allow Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness do a deal on Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness wanted to do a deal on the North but Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams “won’t let him”, Taoiseach (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson is flanked by party members after the talks in Stormont where a dose of austerity medicine was all that was on offer. Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered a snappy explanation as to why he and British prime minister David Cameron so abruptly quit the Stormont talks yesterday (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) flanked by party members at Stormont. There is big  doubt over whether a pre-Christmas deal is achievable. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tensions at the heart of the failed Northern Ireland talks were illustrated by a verbal spat between David Cameron and Gerry Adams shortly before the (...)