Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald does not intend to retract her Ansbacher comments which were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege.She alle(...)

Paul Murphy has said “we’re going to fight on this issue and protest in massive numbers when the Government refuse to listen”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 2:03

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said the Government will introduce a mechanism to ensure people who comply with water charges are n(...)

Vice president Joe Biden welcomes Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Naval Observatory on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Mary Minihan, Political Staff in Washington DCUS Vice-President Joe Biden has said “genius” will be required to “lock down” the Stormont House Agreeme(...)

Arthur Morgan, a Dáil deputy for Louth until 2011, met Paudie  McGahon in late 2008 and 2009 when he had complained that the IRA man who had allegedly raped him was no longer in exile but was back living in the jurisdiction. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A former Sinn Féin TD has disclosed he was aware Paudie McGahon had appeared before a republican inquiry investigating his allegations of being raped (...)

Alan Kelly, Minister fo the Environment: the public was positively disposed to passing the referendum but nothing could be taken for granted.  Archive photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said some bishops contributing to the marriage equality debate have been balanced while others have not.Sp(...)

“For everybody who has been at work – taken tax hikes, taken pay cuts – it’s possible now to see a route to restoration.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Tánaiste Joan Burton has indicated that the economic recovery could allow for income tax cuts, along with long-term investment in education and roads,(...)

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen: says Brendan Howlin is weeping “crocodile tears”.  “I’m glad he’s acknowledged the errors of their ways. I’d like to see ways and means by which he might address those errors.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by his Cabinet colleague and Labour Minister Brendan Howlin that the abolition of town cou(...)

Break in Bruges: the best way to navigate Bruges is by taking a boat trip on the canals, which costs just €7.60 for half an hour with live – and lively – commentary. Photograph: Getty Images

War tourists have been coming to present-day Belgium since the Waterloo battlefield was sought out by curious British travellers in the aftermath o(...)

Teachers man the picket-line outside Dublin’s Belvedere College. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy 2:42

The teachers’ strike is unnecessary, disproportionate and disappointing, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said. Ms O’Sullivan said she had “m(...)

A man walks past flowers left on Molesworth Street, near Leinster House in Dublin, where a man was found dead on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 2:50

A special forum on homelessness is to be convened this Thursday by the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.There were calls for an emergency summi(...)