Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. EU justice ministers will (...)

Ibrahim Halawa: Arrested after a protest in August 2013 and is being held in an Egyptian prison

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenager imprisoned in Egypt, was described as being “in reasonable spirits ” by the chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

Prince Charles on the Burren shakes hands with local farmer Oliver Nagle with his father Pat (right) during his visit to the locality. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 24 hours after the historic handshake and private meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Britain’s Prince Charles is due to visit Mullaghmore(...)

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish national who is being held in an Egyptian jail, appeared in court on Sunday. He was denied bail.

Irish student Ibrahim Halawa, who is being held in an Egyptian prison, has been refused bail. Mr Halawa has been detained in Cairo since August 2013 h(...)

Armenian clergy walk as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armenians who lost their lives during mass killings under the Ottoman Empire, at the Temple complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kotchekov/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathy to the Armenian people on the centenary of massacres which resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 mill(...)

Armenians gather around a mountain chasm believed to be a mass burial site during an centenary  ceremony at  Dudan, near Diyarbakir, Armenia,   on April 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images 3:16

Ireland will not recognise the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago as genocide. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acknowledged (...)

Ibrahim Halawa  was one of 493 people arrested for their alleged role in violence during protests  on August 16th and 17th, 2013, in the Ramisis area of central Cairo in Egypt.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he has been in regular contact with his Egyptian counterpart to argue the case for the release (...)