Cllr Chris O’Leary, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork City Council, and Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork County Council, had both sought the nomination to run in Cork South Central. Photograph: Provision

Sinn Féin is to hold a rescheduled selection convention to choose a candidate to run for the party in Cork South Central in the next general election (...)

Technicians work to repair an oil pump at an oil field on the outskirts of Karamay in the Xinjiang region of China.Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Brent oil has fallen to a five-and-a-half-year low under $57 per barrel, as persistent worries about a global supply glut offset concerns about output(...)

New list, published by chief whip Paul Kehoe, includes several major statutory measures, including a ground-breaking gender recognition Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Seven years after first being proposed at government level, a climate change Bill moved a large step closer to becoming reality yesterday when it was(...)

 Ruairí Quinn:  warned the party they must not allow a repeat of what happened to the rainbow coalition, which lost the 1997 election against a strong economic backdrop.

Labour is likely to push for changes in tax bands and credits, instead of flat rate cuts in the budget, as former party leader Ruairí Quinn warned aga(...)

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton  during the Labour Party  think-in  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It’s always nice to start the day with a smile and Labour’s parliamentary party enjoyed a good laugh first thing yesterday morning when they heard the(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “Time we got real about housing.”  Photograph: Frank Miller 2:00

President Michael D Higgins has said there is a housing “crisis” and a “real and urgent need” for more public housing in the State.Housing was a “bas(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Eamon Gilmore has personally sought the support of the two candidates to succeed him as Labour leader for his efforts to be Ireland’s next European commissioner

Eamon Gilmore has personally sought the support of the two candidates to succeed him as Labour leader and Tánaiste for his efforts to be Ireland’s nex(...)

A member from the oil police force stands guard at Zubair oilfield in Basra, southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

Brent crude held above $114 a barrel today near a nine-month high, supported by concerns about potential supply disruptions due to fighting in Iraq. B(...)

Minister for Social Protection and candidate for Labour Party leadership Joan Burton speaking to Jack O’Connor of Siptu at the weekend’s hustings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lines are being drawn at a terrific rate.But what sort?There are defining lines: the “thus far and no further” ones which politicians avoid like the p(...)