Michael Micheál Martin: “Broadband is as critical as a motorway was a couple of years ago for economic development.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

As metaphors go, it was apt – the Fine Gael poster of a gimlet-eyed Enda Kenny urging people to “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” gradually disappearing(...)

Fine Gael is set to add a former poll-topping Labour councillor to its election team in Cork East.

Fine Gael is set to add a former poll-topping Labour councillor to its election team in Cork East this weekend while Fianna Fáil will add the(...)

Sitting Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan faces a challenge for her seat from Cllr Pat Buckley: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD in Cork East Sandra McLellan is facing a challenge at the party’s selection convention at the weekend which will choose a candidate to ru(...)

Sunshine and gun crime: Spain’s Costa del Sol is popular with holidaymakers and Irish criminals. Photograph: PA

The gun murder of Dubliner Gary Hutch (34) is thelatest in a series of killings in which Irish criminals who set off for a lifeof crime in the sun hav(...)

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politician who dominated politics in North Cork for over a quarter of a century. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politicia(...)

Full list of candidates It may be the second largest local authority in the country after Dublin City Council with 55 seats, but Cork County Co(...)

Full list of candidates Although Cork City Council was the only local authority area not to change in the constituency revision, this month’s loc(...)

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness: somewhat compromised and a little wounded politically. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

When a prominent politician is caught up in a controversy surrounding personal standards or behaviour, at a certain juncture it becomes obvious the(...)

Dick Barry (second from right)  former Fine Gael TD and minister of state seen in  1974. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry who died on Sunday at the age of 93 was yesterday praised for his willing(...)