“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)

John O’Donoghue

With a twinkle in his eye, an impish grin framed by two of the deepest dimples seen on TV, John O’Donoghue who has died at 82, was a shining light of (...)

Senator Rónán Mullen speaking to asylum seakers in direct provision at Mosney and Portlaoise Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda, and Gerald Musekiwa. Photograph: Alan Betson

Protests by asylum seekers in the State’s direct provision system are spreading as residents in a fifth centre in just over a week demonstrated ove(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen speaking to assylum seakers in Direct Provision at Mosney and Portlaoise (LtoR) Hamalys Akyamba, Ben Kwanzi, Maurice Kiesse, Greg Straton Director of SPIRASI, Patricia Murambinda, Gerald Musekiwa, and Robert Fimbo from Zimbabwe and DRC before a private members motion in the Seanad on the day the Dáil returned to business after the summer recess. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Asylum seekers at a second Cork reception centre have begun a protest at the direct provision system - the fifth such centre nationally to see protest(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

The Inspector of Prisons has been asked to carry out an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recording of telephone conversations between prisoners and their solicitors.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked the Inspector of Prisons to carry out an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin delivers the leader’s address to  the party’s 75th ardfheis in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is in crisis. The Cabinet appears divided. The Taoiseach is all over the place – his carefully constructed image wilting (...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter: an overarching argument brought into sharp focus in the public spats between the GSOC and the whistleblowers on one side and Mr Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on the other. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

In the late 1990s, when a modest reform of the Garda Complaints Board was being mooted, then minister for justice John O’Donoghue took seriousl(...)