‘Head of a Bearded Man’, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.

Businessman Denis O’Brien has spent more than €2 million on on a Rubens painting from Russborough House in Co Wicklow, which will be donated to the St(...)

Brendan Howlin said the ‘desirable’ UHI model remains an objective for the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has insisted it remains committed to universal affordable healthcare despite dropping its original plan for Universal Health Insurance (...)

Former  minister Pat Carey: has “absolutely and unconditionally” denied “any impropriety” after sexual abuse allegations against a politician, adding  he did not know if  allegations related to him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has appointed TD Billy Kelleher as the party’s director of elections for next year’s general election, following th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told Fine Gael TDs to ignore speculation about the timing of the general election but did not rule out a November poll. Mr K(...)

A revised proposal for a metro linking Dublin city centre to Dublin airport is among the key elements of the captial spending plan to be published on Tuesday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended the announcement of the Government’s six-year capital spending plan at almost the end of his Coalition’s term and wi(...)

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan  said there could not be a ‘giveaway budget’. Photograph: Sara Freund

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Opposition is “nervous” about the upcoming budget. Mr Noonan said there was “significant space” this (...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)

The Labour Party website highlighting the search for a new party general secretary.

The Labour Party has advertised for a new general secretary. The move follows current general secretary David Leach’s recent announcement that he is r(...)

David Leach pictured in 2002. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party’s general secretary David Leach is resigning to take up a position as director of communications with the charity Goal. He was announ(...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)