Former  minister for transport Noel Dempsey (right) and minister for justice  Dermot Ahern speaking to reporters about the economic crisis in November 2010. Mr Dempsey said on Saturday he was not aware the country was preparing to enter a bailout at that time. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil minister Noel Dempsey said he is haunted by decisions taken by the Cabinet at the time of the economic collapse and believes Irelan(...)

Minister of Environment Alan Kelly: “While we won’t meet the 2020 targets we are in a trajectory or a line that is going in the right direction.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has said it is no secret that Ireland is not going to meet the EU greenhouse emissions targets for 2020. Mr Kelly (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Noel Dempsey: Electorate will decide and Fianna Fáil and others could then look at the options that are open to consideration. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil elders are divided on whether the party should join a coalition as the junior party after the next election, which would raise the prospec(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich” given that Fiann(...)

Every address in the State will be allocated a unique seven-digit code.

The new postal location code system will be launched in early July when 2.2 million homes and businesses in the State will be assigned individual c(...)

A well production test at the Corrib field, 80km offshore Co Mayo: Oil and natural gas prices have fallen sharply this year. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

Shell and its partners have handed a petroleum exploration licence for the Rockall Basin back to the State on the grounds that it has no further pote(...)

This book is a loving memorial to Brian Lenihan, the former minister for finance and Fianna Fáil politician. He was caught in the eye of an economi(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: directed that when the regulator makes its final decision on the airport charges cap, it must ensure Dublin Airport’s financial viability is protected so it can implement various aspects of Government aviation policy. Photograph: Frank Miller

Deja vu, history repeating itself, we’ve been here before . . . choose whichever cliche you like, because it has happened again. As the Commission for(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White: “It’s one of those things we have been talking about for a long time and we are now at the point that is capable of delivery.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish  Times

Minister for Communications Alex White says the new national postcode system – known as Eircode – will be introduced in early 2015. Mr White has to(...)