Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton outside government buildings earlier this month. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has agreed a €44million package to assist families with the cost of water bills from next year.The Tanaiste and Minister for Social Pro(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the housing supply should be “dramatically increased” to tackle the homelessness cr(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: “It is unacceptable that a child could spend half their life in a direct provision centre – in poverty, marginalised, stigmatised.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reform of the “direct provision” system - asylum seekers can spend up to nine years waiting for a decision on their application with no right to work (...)

An Tanáiste Joan Burton with Glenties residents including Michael Glynn, chairman of the Glenties Amalgamated CE scheme, enjoying a local walk. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tanáiste Joan Burton has called for politicians to work with the people to restore faith in the institutions of State. Countering widespread cynicis(...)

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

A large protest in support of  Palestinians in Gaza makes it way from O’Connell street to the Dáil in Dublin today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Thousands of people took part in a march in Dublin today in support of Palestinians following the Israeli military incursion into Gaza. The demonstrat(...)

We can picture it perfectly: Enda, with the usual grin, holding his charity docket up to the camera and betting on a Mayo win. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State Tom Hayes, Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty were having a very intense discussion about the Betting B(...)

Catherine Murphy: said “we stand to repeat the mistakes of the past if we do not act to address the grossly discriminatory laws that govern abortion”

Tánaiste Joan Burton has effectively ruled out the possibility of a referendum, in the lifetime of this Government, on abortion in cases of rape, inc(...)