Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said that MEPs should attend the European Parliament at all times “in so far as they possibly can,” as h(...)

European Parliament: our MEPs face a conundrum that lies at the heart of the system – the less visible one is at home, the less likely one is to be re-elected

Six months on from the European elections, figures from VoteWatch Europe present an interesting snapshot into the activities of Ireland’s 11 MEPs. Ire(...)

A spokesman for Phil Hogan said the commissioner-designate had “no option” but to deal with Ms Childers’s allegations through the legal system

Pressure has increased on Phil Hogan ahead of his hearing at the European Parliament next Thursday following confirmation that Ireland’s nominee as EU(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly is expected to announce the terms of reference for the mother and baby home commission in the coming weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A delegation of Irish campaigners who are calling for a broader term of reference for the mother and baby home commission have said they may take the(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

Labour Party deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  at the City West count centre for the local, European and byelection counts today. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government parties look set to suffer major losses in the local, European and byelections, as tallies and initial results suggest Sinn Féin, Indep(...)

 Sinn Féin’s   European election candidates Lynn Boylan (left) and Martina Anderson at the launch of Sinn Fein’s European election manifesto Dublin yesterday.  Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Anybody who witnessed the first TV3 debate on the European elections with Midland North West candidates last night would know first-hand how chaos the(...)

Fine Gael’s Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes said last night there was a need for a new direction in the wake of the financial crisis to which Europe had been too slow to respond. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Eight of Dublin’s European election candidates have committed themselves to a five part pledge dealing with a range of issues including child poverty,(...)

 Sinn Féin spokesman on social protection, Aengus O’ Snodaigh TD at Leinster House

If they didn’t know it already the challenge facing the Coalition parties in next month’s European and local elections is illustrated in the la(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney he compared the situation to ’Irish citizens that are resident aboard that don’t pay tax here’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there was “nothing surprising” about figures which show that Apple paid corporation tax to Irish au(...)