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(...)

President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)

Pauline Conway from Co Wicklow greeting  President Michael D Higgins  at University College London Hospital yesterday.  Photograph: Johnny Bambury

The glittering investiture of Ireland into The Order of the VBF (Very Best Friend) continues. There’s nothing like some rousing pageantry to st(...)

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has arrived in London for the first ever State visit to Britain by an Irish president. Mr Higgins and his wif(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan leaves the Garda training college in Templemore, Co Tipperary, yesterday after meeting senior gardaí. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Fresh questions are emerging about the chain of events which led the Government to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the covert bugging of(...)

Clockwise from top left: Playing various parts in the whistleblower controversy are now departed Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

The resignation of Martin Callinan as Garda Commissioner and the very full apology from Alan Shatter in the Dáil on Tuesday may have eased the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he did not know what was being raised by Secretary general to the Government Martin Fraser or Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson in the lobby of Fitzpatrick’s Hotel in New York. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made little yesterday of a public altercation in New York between his top civil servant and Ireland’s most senior diplomat(...)