‘Ireland would need to consider its own legal strategy’: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A former minister of state has called on the Government to join Austria in a legal action it plans against a proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

“Mickeys missing!” shouted Enda, trying to be helpful.We scanned the ranks of the newly promoted Ministers of State arrayed on the steps in front of G(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton on the steps of Government Buildings today with new Ministers of State (back row, from left): Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humphries, Aodhán O’Riordán, Ged Nash, Dara Murphy, Ann Phelin, Tom Hayes, and (front row from left) Paul Kehoe, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:59

Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

President Michael D Higgins has laid a wreath for Ireland’s war dead during an interfaith service of commemoration in  Dublin today.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has laid a wreath for Ireland’s war dead during an interfaith service of commemoration in Dublin.The Last Post was sounded(...)

At home in Dublin are Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa (18), who faces trial in Egypt next week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 3:09

Last summer the Halawa family took their usual trip to Cairo. Sisters Somaia (28), Fatima (23) and Omaima (21) went for work experience. Ibrahim (1(...)

Marie Gorman (on left) ,Ballybough, along with local residents protesting against the cancellation of any of the Garth Brooks Croke Park concerts at Ballybough, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A residents’ group representing people living close to Croke Park has said it is ‘prepared to consider a new direction’ with a view to facilitating th(...)

Minister for Development Joe Costello said Ireland continued to deliver substantial overseas assistance during difficult financial times in part because of “strong legacy reasons going back to the famine”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The total amount of money given by Ireland in overseas development assistance increased last year in monetary terms from €628.9 million in 2012 to €63(...)

Irish siblings (left to right) Ibrihim Halawa and sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia were detained by Egyptian authorities  last August. The sisters returned to Ireland in November. Photograph: Family handout/PA

The sister of an 18-year-old Irish Muslim man, detained in an Egyptian jail without charge or trail since August of last year, has criticised the Gove(...)