Tánaiste Joan Burton (right) and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Things are hotting up in the Leinster House jungle. Enda and Joan are now the two most unpopular residents in camp and fighting for their political li(...)

 Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring: said  grant allocations  were made  on a pro-rata basis with “no hidden agenda”. “If I picked the clubs I would be accused of being parochial.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has insisted there is “no hidden agenda” in the allocation by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) of S(...)

The Tánaiste and Labour  leaderJoan Burton: said gardaí were being trained again in Templemore, unlike when Fianna Fáil was in power.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish TImes

A Garda presence was the only way to deal with anti-social behaviour in city streets, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil amid heated exchanges with (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “You closed down Templemore,’’ she said to Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

A Garda presence is the only way to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil.In heated exchanges with Fianna Fa(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney earlier this year: the party is  now effectively on election footing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The two largest Opposition parties expect a general election to take place much earlier than the Government’s declared date of Easter 2016.Senior fi(...)

“What is needed now is that the authorities have the information they need to do their job - protecting and supporting survivors of abuse and as far as possible, preventing future abuse,” Minister for Children James Reilly said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Child and Family Agency Tusla has received “some non-specific” information from survivors of sexual abuse, Minister for Children James Reilly has conf(...)

Bob Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate: he also  acknowledged “that some of the criticisms are not unique to An Garda Síochána, they are present in many other police forces around the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Inspectorate report presented a “significant opportunity” to reform the force and is a “devastating critique” of the systems operated by An(...)

The number of gardaí working in the Dublin Metropolitan Division has fallen by 15 per cent in the last five years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The number of gardaí working in the Dublin Metropolitan Division has fallen by 15 per cent in the last five years. Figures provided by Minister for Ju(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald confirmed the post of secretary general at the Department of Justicewould be re-advertised after a public service recruitment process failed to identify a successor to Brian Purcell. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she is disappointed that a new Department of Justice secretary general has not been appointed, but st(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 6:55

Sinn Féin has dissociated itself from the endorsement by a senior republican of a blog claiming Maíria Cahill was involved in a consensual relationshi(...)