Enda Kenny: got his “spake” in first without his detractors being in a position to challenge his version of events. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Fennelly report arrived into Government Buildings on Monday night. It was 280 pages but it did not arrive as hard copy. It came as a USB key fob w(...)

  A spokesman for Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the free travel scheme would remain intact. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State transport providers have privately sought the introduction of rush-hour travel restrictions for holders of free travel passes as part of a revie(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

‘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 (...)

Irish Water’s logo.

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(...)