Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meets former Minister Martin Cullen while canvassing in Waterford on Thursday: he urged “a strong note of caution” in the Irish general election campaign. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged a “strong note of caution” about opinion polls after his party recorded an increase in support in the lat(...)

The late PJ Mara and former Fianna Fáil  leader Bertie Ahern, who said Mara was “able to handle almost any situation”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, who died yesterday aged 73. Mr(...)

 An almost submerged car   in a flooded area of Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.  Photograph: Eric Luke The Irish Times

Water levels appear to be stabilising across much of the Shannon river system although authorities have warned that the flood situation still remains(...)

‘A small number of Irish parents have allowed mild and reasonable concerns about the side effects of routine immunisations to spiral into an ‘anti-vax’ mindset.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Any parent who has ever brought a baby for an injection will be familiar with the look of utter betrayal on the little one’s face when sharp needle pi(...)

Take me to this River: Nicola Walker and Stellan Skarsgard in the most intriguing crime drama on TV this year

It’s rare that the final episode of a drama is as brilliant as the first, but everything about River (BBC One, Tuesday) this week is pitch perfect. T(...)

A native of Kerry, Pat Carey (now 68) spent his earlier career as a school teacher, principal and community worker. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Pat Carey’s name was mentioned as the politician at the centre of allegations of abuse dating back more than a quarter of a century, the reaction(...)

A Labour spokesman has said: “Maíria Cahill [right] has addressed her brief involvement with RNU on numerous occasions in the past, and on the public record.” The spokesman said Labour was proud Ms Cahill was the party’s candidate for the Seanad. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised the Labour Party’s candidate for a vacant Seanad seat, Maíria Cahill, for refusing to answer questions(...)

Minister Howlin’s comments follow claims illegal African and Asian migrant workers are routinely used as cheap labour on board some Irish trawlers.  Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Government is setting up an interdepartmental taskforce to examine claims about the mistreatment of workers on Irish fishing fleets. The move foll(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly continues to battle for rent certainty measures. Photograph: Getty Images

As Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly continues to battle for rent certainty measures, an unpublished report backs his stance on the issue. The N(...)

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly says he fully supports the actions of the local authority manager over the rehousing of families after the Carrickmines fire. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly hopes “common sense will prevail” in the bid to secure temporary rehousing for families in the aftermath of the Ca(...)