Joan Burton:  The content of her speech was good. The emphasis was on Labour’s role in the recovery, with its implied staying hand on  Fine Gael. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

Ireland awoke to reassuring news from Killarney yesterday morning: Labour is keeping an eye on The National Carrier.Their Skibbereen Eagle moment.The (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. “The positive economic story has not shielded the Government from voter disaffection.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The water charges debacle has exacted a price from both Government parties, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.Support for Fine Gael (...)

Sinn Féin appears to have taken an entirely inconsistent approach in how it deals with allegations from whistleblowers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

So far this year, a number of whistleblowers have stepped into the public domain and made substantial allegations which have forced their way onto the(...)

Mairia Cahill: alleges that she was raped by an IRA member in 1997 and forced to attend a republican-style court along with her alleged abuser.

The Government is considering a cross-Border inquiry into claims of sexual abuse by IRA members in the aftermath of Belfast woman Maíria Cahill’s alle(...)

A file photo of Maíria Cahill arriving at the Dáil earlier this month for a debate on allegations of sexual abuse by members of the republican movement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill has said more than 30 names of alleged IRA sex offenders have now been given to gardaí. Ms Cahill, who claims the IRA covered up and fai(...)

A family photo of Jean McConville with three of her children, taken shortly before she disappeared from her home in Belfast in 1972. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

More than 40 years after she was “disappeared” down the barrel of the Provisional IRA’s guns, Jean McConville’s name is a byword for the legacy the re(...)

Maíria Cahill arriving for talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams to answer questions regarding reports that six people accused of sexual abuse had (...)

Abuse survivor Maíria Cahill speaks to the media after leaving Government Buildings in Dublin, following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. Photograp: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A solicitor representing four people who were acquitted of charges relating to the alleged IRA questioning of Maíria Cahill has complained that they h(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “There’s been no cover-up by me or Sinn Féin on this matter.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Oireachtas Justice Committee may move to invite alleged rape victim Maíria Cahill and others including Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in to inqu(...)

Valuable insights often flow from experts from outside Ireland turning their attention to social, political or cultural life here and interpret(...)