Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists”. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists” and sa(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

An inquiry by Mr Justice Nial Fennelly into the Garda taping controversy is preparing to distribute its draft report on the resignation of former commissioner Martin Callinan following the conclusion of Ian Bailey’s High Court action.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

An inquiry into the Garda taping controversy is preparing to distribute its draft report on the resignation of former commissioner Martin Callinan fol(...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)

Gerry Adams: events in Washington and New York lined up. Photograph: Getty Images

A number of Sinn Féin figures are travelling to the United States over the next week for a round of St Patrick’s Day fundraising, as well as participa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton at a press conference to mark the Fine Gael/Labour Party Coalition’s fourth year in office on March 10th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A push to have the term of bankruptcy reduced from three years to one as part of Coalition efforts to tackle the mortgage arrears crisis is likely (...)

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(...)