Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she hopes the report of the Fennelly commission on events leading to the departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissioner will be made available as soon as possible. She said she understands the Taoiseach is of the same view. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she hopes the report of the Fennelly commission on events leading to the departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissio(...)

Martin Callinan: Claimed he was forced out of his job as Garda commissioner after being visited by the secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he is unwilling to break the law by commenting on reports that he was recalled to assist in resolving conflicting evidence t(...)

Enda Kenny: a new unit is to be established within the Department of the Taoiseach to prepare for the possible exit of Britain from the European Union as well as dealing with other aspects of Irish-UK relations. Photograph: Colin Keegan

A new unit is to be established within the Department of the Taoiseach to prepare for the possible exit of Britain from the European Union as well (...)

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. The head of the centenary project, John Concannon, initially proposed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ms Humphreys an “ambitious project of scale” closely modelled on The Gathering

The Government rejected an internal proposal to mark the 1916 centenary with a €12 million Gathering-style initiative explicitly aimed at promoting(...)

According to a senior advisory group to the Taoiseach, many families will in future “have little chance of buying their own home” and will have to turn to social housing or rental properties. Photograph: Frank Miller

A range of social classes will “find it difficult if not impossible” to buy their own homes in the future, according to a senior advisory group to Tao(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will launch the Civil Service Renewal Plan at Government Buildings this morning. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is to streamline its disciplinary procedures to make it easier to remove civil servants who are clearly underperforming. The secretary (...)

The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

The Government is expected to turn down an expert group’s key recommendation to appoint a head of the Irish Civil Service when it unveils a far-reachi(...)

Martin Fraser, the secretary general  at the  Department of the Taoiseach

The Cabinet reshuffle has led to something of a new regime at Government adviser level. At a recent farewell drinks for those Labour advisers w(...)

 The only toxic topic is the circumstances surrounding Mr Callinan’s resignation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Never mind poor Paddy. He has a short little span of attention. “Paddy likes to know what the story is.” That’s what the Taoiseach famously said in th(...)

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(...)