Taoiseach Enda Kenny: one TD said of his statement at the weekly parliamentary party meeting: “Well, he’d have to say that, wouldn’t he?” Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told his TDs and Senators that there will be no election next year, and said the Coalition will see out its full term of (...)

Bob Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate: he also  acknowledged “that some of the criticisms are not unique to An Garda Síochána, they are present in many other police forces around the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Inspectorate report presented a “significant opportunity” to reform the force and is a “devastating critique” of the systems operated by An(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said today: “I don’t mind being slapped down or scolded, I’m a big boy and I’m willing to take a degree of criticism from time to time but, at the same time, this isn’t about me, it’s not about my dignity, it’s not about by ego, it’s about frontline staff and it’s about patients”.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he doesn’t mind “being slapped down or scolded”, adding he “absolutely” follows Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s leade(...)

Independent Trinity Senator Sean Barrett has been voted onto the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s majority on the banking inquiry is in doubt after a Seanad committee voted to place two Opposition Senators on the long-awaited inves(...)

Cian Prendeville, of the Anti Austerity Alliance celebrates his election in Limerick. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

The remarkable thing about the local election results across the four Dublin authorities is the rise of the left and hard left as the Labour Party col(...)

Full list of candidates The local elections in Wicklow won’t lack for talking points on Friday. Charlie Keddy is continuing his practice of(...)

Ian Paisley jnr requested a meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers to discuss his concerns. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr lobbied the Government against its plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, claiming it would m(...)

Eamon  Gilmore: ‘I support her candidacy . . . I stand with that candidate full square and will continue to do so right up until polling day.’

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Labour MEP Phil Prendergast had a “very frank discussion” last night over her call(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White

Details on events surrounding briefings given to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, who said last week he had confidence in Martin Callinan but that he was not above criticism. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:53

The resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has taken the political system by shock. However, the Government has nobody to blame but (...)