Former minister for justice  Michael McDowell who said on Monday that Ireland   had an “executive dominated unit parliament. We need to get away from that.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Progressive Democrats minister Michael McDowell has described the Dáil as a “bear pit” where “stupid votes were called on stupid issues”. Th(...)

Independent TD Joan Collins is appealing against a three judge High Court’s rejection of her challenge to the issuing of some €31bn promissory notes to Anglo, Irish Nationwide Building Society and Educational Building Society.

A law enacted at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 gave the Minister for Finance power to give financial support to credit institutions and t(...)

Commemorative plaque at 16 Moore Street where republicans decided to surrender towards the end of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A judge has agreed to inspect buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street when hearing a case aimed at ensuring any buildings there linked to the 1916 Rising a(...)

Defences Forces personnel march past the GPO in a previous  1916 commemoration. Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised plans  to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 centenary. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised the Government’s decision to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 commemoration progra(...)

Eoin Mac Neill “was equally and utterly tough when it came to 1922 and the Civil War…he was absolutely clear that violence could be used’’, his grandson,  former minister for justice and former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Nationalist leader Eoin Mac Neill was not some kind of “dotty professor’’ opposed to violence, his grandson, former tánaiste Michael McDowell, has sai(...)

Brian Mohan who is challenging  the constitutionality of provisions of the Electoral (Political Funding) Act 2012 linking funding of political parties to meeting gender quota targets. Photograph:  Collins

Financial sanctions are “probably the only option” for getting Irish political parties to reach quotas aimed at having them run more women candidates (...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Fianna Fáil activist has challenged the constitutionality of “crude” and “punitive” laws linking State funding of political parties to their achieve(...)

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell: like Collins in 1921 and de Valera in 1926, Sinn Féin has ’crossed the line and they said they are going to pursue democratic politics and seek a democratic mandate’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Progressive Democrats tánaiste and attorney general Michael McDowell has compared Sinn Féin’s transition into democratic politics to the acc(...)

The search was triggered by a report that the underbidder, New York-based Fortress Capital Formations, had written to the Taoiseach in February 2014 complaining about “business practices” during Project Eagle

Three days after it began an extensive search, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office has discovered an email sent to it by an unsuccessful bidder for a 800-pr(...)

Mitchell Reiss: removing the major weapons was “a very important political symbol that the war was over”

A former US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, Mitchell Reiss, said he never expected IRA decommissioning to eliminate every last weapon but(...)