Micheál Martin: worried about the “overarching” influence of the army council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston station: “They gathered up all the shiny things they gave the country over the last four years and made a big deal of handing them over again.” Photograph: The Irish Times

“Bing Bong! We are now approaching Heuston station. Will politicians at the rear of the platform please move forward to the microphones in order to al(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It emerged this week that less than half of the water charge payments due in Irish Water’s first billing cycle were paid. The company collected €30.5(...)

Ruairí Quinn: “I have asked the national parents council to look at ways in which they can, with the schools, move towards generic uniforms”

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said he is considering new ways to give parents more power to control the costs of education including “a Paren(...)