Businessman Denis O’Brien: he told a  Q&A session in Jamaica: “We’re all good at something. I know what I’m bad at. I’m not great at HR , for example – it’s too much touchy-feely nonsense.”  File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Images

“Reasoning with Denis O’Brien.” Now there’s a novel idea. With the Dáil in recess last week, members of the Oireachtas slipped up badly by missing a t(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

Provisions of a new Bill on child grooming include the offence of communicating with a child, online or offline, to do anything that would constitute sexual exploitation.

Thirty children were detected being trafficked around Ireland for sexual exploitation over a two-year period, the Dáil was told during a debate on leg(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

Sally, Jill and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The funeral has taken place of the broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy who died suddenly this week at the age of 76. The congregation at a packed Our Lady of (...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Hanafin is now expected to be the only former senior Fianna Fail minister outside the Dail seeking a party nomination to contest the next general(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)