Eloquent: abuse survivor Maíria Cahill outside Government Buildings this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s a story that won’t go away, you know: a controversial leader, beset by allegations of a cover-up following a crime, sees his position become e(...)

 Enda Kenny: Oireachtas justice committe should deal with issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed his position would be untenable if the allegations of rape and cover-up made by Belfast woman Maíria Cahill had involved (...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:  “I have made it clear that we will do whatever we can to improve conditions and to ensure that human rights are protected.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Minister for Justice has warned against what she called “unrealistic expectations” in dealing with asylum seekers and direct provision. “This is(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said Sinn Féin had opposed every measure to get the country back on an even keel. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan accused Sinn Féin of “economic nonsense” in sharp exchanges in the Dáil.He was replying to Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Ma(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has rounded on Sinn Fein in the Dail for its economic policies amid sharp exchanges. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has rounded on Sinn Féin in the Dáil for its economic policies amid sharp exchanges.Declaring that the economy was(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney says Government had not decided “definitely” to go ahead with sending more troops to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney is hopeful agreement can be reached soon on a UN statement confirming a structural change to the Golan Heights mis(...)

The father (centre)  of Israeli citizen Dror Hanin mourns with others at his funeral in the cemetery in Yahud, Israel, yesterday. Dror Hanin is the first Israeli casualty since the beginning of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The violence in Gaza and its cost to civilians was not acceptable, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil. He said that on takin(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Mr Shatter said it was “nonsense” to suggest he had an animus towards the Bar Council but the council operated, he said, under the motto nolumus mutari or no change. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter launched a broadside against the Bar Council during debate on amendments to the Legal Services Bill. The Bil(...)

 Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’ Sullivan arriving  for a Public Accounts Committee  meeting at Leinster House earlier this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

The Garda and Government have denied a charge that acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has appointed two senior officers to posts that have al(...)

Frances Fitzgerald:  said the acting commissioner had initiated a comprehensive review of An Garda’s capacity to deal with emerging and complex crime, and this would have an important bearing on how the fraud bureau did its work.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she will “carefully consider” any proposals from An Garda Síochána to speed up investigations into w(...)