The men of our parliament have it in their hands to make 2015 the year Ireland stood up for all of its women. Photograph: Getty Images

It might not seem like it at the moment, but good things have actually happened to some women in the world this year. There were massive reductions on(...)

“If I have the opportunity on the next occasion to appoint a cabinet, it will be a 50:50 on merit, of men and women,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny told  political correspondents at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to have an equal number of women as men in cabinet if Fine Gael is returned to power after the next general electi(...)

At the opening of Glanbia’s new milk protein plant in Virginia, Co Cavan, were Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys; Glanbia chief executive Jim Bergin, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster and Glanbia chairman Liam Herlihy

A €7.8 million milk protein facility has been opened by Glanbia Ingredients Ireland in Virginia, Co Cavan. It will process milk from counties on both (...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has announced €2 million in extra funds for the Arts Council next year, to finance (...)

Catherine Fahy: the acting director of the National Library of Ireland the announcement of additional funding of €2 million is ‘a very positive result’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The National Library of Ireland has welcomed the announcement that €2 million in additional funding will be made available for national cultural insti(...)

A small crowd of regular punters were split between thinking the whole episode was bizarre and reflecting how incredible it was that the head of the Government could casually have a pint in a gay bar

“Wow! Enda Kenny in Pantibar. That’s a first for us.” A tweet from Pantibar’s manager Shane Harte caused disbelief on Tuesday night, but there he was,(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys:  appointed two Fine Gael members, John McNulty and Sheila O’Regan, to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New guidelines on appointments to State boards published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will ensure that Government departments do(...)

Sir Jack Leslie (97) whose uncle, Captain Norman Leslie, was killed in the first World War at the launch of the centenary exhibition at the National Library. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

An exhibition that seeks to portray Ireland and the first World War with all its complexities and contradictions has opened at the National Library. T(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the Mansion House, Dublin, for the launch of the Royal Irish Academy’s Art and Architecture of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described them as “the gospels of Ireland”. President of the Royal Irish Academy Prof Mary Daly said they were “national monumen(...)