Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn it was “difficult to continue talking” over the din but the “small but loud minority” was entitled to protest at yesterday’s ASTI conference. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has played down the controversy over the reception he received at the ASTI conference yesterday, saying it (...)

The people of Dublin should be asked directly whether they want, or do not want, an elected Lord Mayor. Talk about a democratic revolution has (...)

Kilkenny Castle, with John’s Bridge in the foreground. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Nobody quite knows what will happen in June to all the mayoral chains, maces, scrolls and other civic paraphernalia of the city and town counci(...)

Senator Ashraf Elshabrawi and Suliman Zubi, elected representatives from Egypt and Libya, attending the convention in Malahide over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for Dáil reform at a meeting of the constitutional convention.He said that the ceann comhairle of the day shou(...)

Experts said the North-South plan  would cost €810 million if the cables were put underground, compared with €140 million over ground, Mr Rabbitte said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has rejected Opposition criticism of the Government’s decision to exclude the proposed North-South electricity connec(...)

Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment speaks to media as Irish Water controversy continues. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

The case of Irish Water and its consultancy costs isn’t unique in the political context but this type of process controversy is the first to have affe(...)

Colm Keaveney announces he is joining Fianna Fáil on the plinth at the Dáil last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has claimed Galway East TD Colm Keaveney would “join the Hizbullah” if he thought it would advance his(...)

 Noel Dempsey:  assured the nation it wasn’t just window dressing aimed at appeasing energy watchdogs in the European Commission.

The ads encouraged us to save money and energy by turning our heating down and wearing an extra warm woolly jumper.But despite costing us €10.75 milli(...)

It is now 18 years since a Newry firm of solicitors placed an advertisement in The Irish Times (...)