Businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times. 1:34

Leading members of the Government and Opposition have united in condemnation of businessman Denis O’Brien’s bid to sue the members of the Oireachtas (...)

In defence of privilege

When businessman Denis O’Brien took RTÉ to the High Court in June to injunct the broadcast of details of his relationship with State-owned Irish Bank (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to the 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings a(...)

Patrick’s Hill viewed from Patrick Street in  Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Some 18 former lords mayor of Cork have warned that the city will cease to function if it loses its powers to self-govern. The 18, from Fianna Fái(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Legal proceedings brought by businessman Denis O’Brien against a Dáil committee represent a threat to democracy, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sai(...)

Enda Kenny is down to 25% as leader of Fine Gael, trailing Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, according to the poll. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael slumped five points in the latest opinion poll as controversies surrounding Irish Water continue to haunt the Government. Taoiseach Enda Ken(...)

Socialist TD Joe Higgins: “This will only further emphasise the need to abolish water charges.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Finance has insisted the Eurostat decision will have no impact on budgetary decisions or the cost of water charges. Michael Noonan (...)

‘Priorities should  turn to engagement with users of the services (the proposed Working Group makes no mention of them) . . .’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great advances of the last century is that nearly all of us will live longer and with less disability than recent generations. A part of th(...)

Incoming chief of the ESRI Prof Alan Barrett said we need a discussion of what the tax take should be. Photograph: Getty Images

Demands for “considerable” extra spending were not matched by proposals to increase taxes to pay for them, the chairman of the national economic dialo(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tánaiste and Labour party leader Joan Burton has acknowledged some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but said they had not reduce(...)