Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan were all stuck in a lift together in Co Kildare toda(...)

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Diaspora is a term we have become familiar with in this country, indicating our historical experience with emigration. Its currency has been reinforce(...)

Loretta Brennan Glucksman ‘has shown herself to be a proud Irish-American, giving back so generously to the land of her ancestors’, Mr Deenihan said.

Irish-American philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman has been awarded the Tipp O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award for her “outstanding contribution to th(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The return of crews filming the new Star Wars film to the Skellig Michael Unesco World Heritage Site off the Co Kerry coast next month will be hugely (...)

Former minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore presented a Certificate of Irish Heritage to Tom Cruise, whose Irish ancestry stretches back to the 12th century when the Cruise family settled in Ireland as Knights of Strongbow

Members of the diaspora will no longer be able to pay for proof of their connection to Ireland after the Government announced it is to stop selling Ce(...)

 President Michael D Higgins travelled to Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday night to be in Dublin to meet departing Israeli  ambassador Boaz Modai on Wednesday.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins met the departing Israeli ambassador to Ireland on Wednesday after confusion over claims of a diplomatic snub. The Preside(...)

 Marietta Doran announces the showcase: Those heading to New York include Una Burke, Helen Steele, Heidi Higgins, Jennifer Rothwell and Chupi Sweetman. Photograph: Sara Freund

Ten Irish fashion brands are to be showcased on the first day of New York fashion week in September as part of a €50,000 promotional effort. The even(...)

Russborough House: minutes of a meeting between then minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 2013 say the trust had looked at the “nuclear option” of closing  Russborough House

The trustees who run Russborough House have told the Government that the sale of “high art items” was not under consideration in 2013, according to (...)