‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

Brian Stanley  TD said Sinn Féin welcome the IRA assessment. “We have no problem with that, we welcome that. It will show that the army was stood down 10 years ago, that it doesn’t exist.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has asked the Garda Commissioner to liaise with the PSNI and carry out a fresh assessment of the operations of(...)

Some 51,000 additional claims have been received – an average of more than 5,300 per week – since application forms were issued in mid-June. Photograph: Getty Images

Welfare authorities are under pressure to process tens of thousands of applications from families for much-needed help with back-to-school costs. The (...)

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Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said the implementation of water charges is “getting more farcical by the day” because PPS number(...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: spokeswoman  says the measure is used when a customer refuses or fails to engage with activation measures. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 14,000 people have had their welfare benefits cut by up to €44 for refusing to take up job or training offers. New figures released by the(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: has expressed concern about the use of JobBridge in schools, saying she wished to be ensure there was ‘no abuse’ of the scheme. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:01

Almost 100 jobs in the education sector are being advertised under the JobBridge internship scheme ahead of start of the school year, including primar(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Michelle Shannon, director of the  Department of Children and Youth Affairs, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planned legislation that would offer up to 50,000 adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents for the first time has been de(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry and Pat Rabbitte TD at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Senator Marc MacSharry of Fianna Fail questioned former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte at the banking inquiry: Senator MacSharry: Were you a recipient o(...)