Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

Catholic bishops have warned the Minister for Education that it is not her role to interfere with the ethos of faith schools.

Catholic bishops have warned the Minister for Education that it is not her role to interfere with the ethos of faith schools. The move follows a pled(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Last month Airbnb contacted users telling them it would supply Revenue with details of income generated by users in the Republic going back to May 1st, 2014. It said host income had always been taxable and it had always made that clear.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

There probably should never have been any confusion about the tax treatment of Airbnb income. The Revenue Commissioners issued perfectly clear guidan(...)

Olivia Mitchell: “I always felt I’d know when it was the right time to go.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Strip away TD fuzzy talk of friendship and loyalty and what remains is a ferociously competitive sole trader. Running mates are dispatched, a dear lea(...)

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Olivia Mitchell has confirmed she will retire from politics at the next general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell has confirmed she will retire from politics at the next general election. In a letter to Fine Gael constituents, Ms Mitch(...)

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: will confirm her intention not to contest the forthcoming party selection convention for the Dublin-Rathdown constituency today. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael veteran Olivia Mitchell is to announce her retirement from politics today. Ms Mitchell will confirm her intention not to contest the forthc(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: said rumours of his resignation were ‘nonsense’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has insisted he will not stand down from the position before the general election. He was speaking following renew(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  is being lobbied to raise the threshold on inheritances adult children can receive from parents without having to pay tax. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Death and property are probably the two great Irish obsessions. It’s a long way from inheritance tax most of us were reared, but contemporary “death d(...)

Former leader of the Labour Party Pat Rabbitte has confirmed  he will be stepping down from politics after 26 years.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte will not contest the next general election. Mr Rabbitte confirmed on Monday night he will be stepping down fro(...)