Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As tensions between the Coalition parties over the timing of the election emerged in public, senior Fine Gael Ministers insisted the decision is the p(...)

Athlone Town have been awarded €200,000 under the  Sports Capital Programme. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA, FAI and IRFU are the chief beneficiaries of the €41 million in Sports Capital Programme funding for 2015 announced by the Government. In tota(...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Well, aren’t we the neighbourly lot altogether? All this talk about the tournament losing its spark with England’s exit on Saturday night was hard to (...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Minister of State Michael Ring: “This is going to be the best year for tourism if it continues. It won’t be the best year since the recession – this will be the best year ever.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tax breaks to revitalise small coastal and rural towns, such as deductions for businesses which freshen up their premises, should be included in nex(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. They(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael think-in in Adare, Co Limerick, where the party hoped to break the Curse of the Challenge of the Upturn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With a general election just around the corner, best feet were belting forward at all the think-ins. The main parties will be pleased to have survived(...)

Billy Walsh (centre) at the European Games in Baku in June. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The crisis surrounding the future of Irish boxing head coach Billy Walsh has not been resolved, or ameliorated in any way, since it was first disclo(...)

Billy Walsh: has overseen spectacular success for Irish boxers in his years as head coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Given how cheaply and meekly the Irish State surrendered its sovereign status in recent years, it really should be no surprise that this sorry mess of(...)