Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: Many departing commissioners look for a safe berth in Strasbourg by seeking election as an MEP, but she has not seemed tempted by this option

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn’s tenure as EU Commissioner for research draws to a close in the next few months – if the new commission president Jean-Claude J(...)

EU commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn will be entitled to a three-year transition payment from the commission worth more than €400,000. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Outgoing EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has declined to confirm whether she will seek payment of her ministerial and TD’s pension, when she st(...)

Máire  Geoghegan-Quinn, a former Fianna Fáil TD and minister, agreed under political pressure in April 2010 to forgo her pensions from her time as a member of the Dáil and the cabinet for the duration of her five-year term as European commissioner for research, innovation and science. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ireland’s outgoing European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said she has “no idea” whether she will start receiving her Irish TD and ministerial pe(...)

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn’s five year term as commissioner for research, innovation and science comes to an end in November. File photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s outgoing EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur by French president Francois Hollande, the highest hono(...)

Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil Hogan is expected to finalise his team of advisers during the next few weeks, as he prepares to take responsibility for the European Commissio(...)

Sinn Féin’s Cathal King: to contest Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: South Dublin County Council

Women’s groups have expressed disappointment in Sinn Féin for not selecting a female candidate for the Dublin South West byelection.The National Women(...)

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Christmas has come early for the lucky science research community. European Commissioner for Research and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last week anno(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: on a trip to Israel last month he said the EU could offer a “special privileged partnership” to both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images.

Foreign policy moved to the top of the EU agenda this week following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.But while Tuesday’s meeting of forei(...)

Eamon Gilmore has personally sought the support of the two candidates to succeed him as Labour leader for his efforts to be Ireland’s next European commissioner

Eamon Gilmore has personally sought the support of the two candidates to succeed him as Labour leader and Tánaiste for his efforts to be Ireland’s nex(...)

Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: David Sleator

Former Fine Gael minister of state for European affairs Lucinda Creighton has said Ireland’s next EU commissioner should not be a Cabinet Minister. T(...)