Averil Power: her interview on Moncrieff provided a rare glimpse of a politician throwing off the pressures and hypocrisies of party loyalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just as Dolly Parton famously quips that it takes a lot of money for her to look so cheap, one suspects that sounding flippant is a serious business f(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has again refused to apologise for naming a number of former politicians in the Dáil chamber. 2:39

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has again refused to apologise for naming a number of former politicians in the Dáil chamber.Ms McDonald cou(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton: The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 in its upcoming spring economic statement. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 - the same year it hopes to achieve full employment - in its upcoming spring ec(...)

Ian Bailey’s solicitor Frank Buttimer: sent a letter to Marie Farrell on March 25th, 2004, over comments she made about Mr Bailey  in media interviews. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ian Bailey said in court he had threatened to issue legal proceedings against Marie Farrell over media interviews she gave in which she alleged he (...)

The acquisition of Pat Kenny continues to draw listeners to Newstalk with the numbers tuning-in to his programme rising by 17.5 per cent in the second(...)

Pat Kenny presenting his show on Newstalk Radio. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien’s part-funding of the new Republic of Ireland management team involved no particular media deal, FAI chief executive John De(...)

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.  Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images.

FAI chief executive John Delaney says that Martin O’Neill will be unveiled as the Irish team’s new manager this Saturday when the former (...)

 Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton gives a post budget press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Garda checkpoints are to be set up in airports and industrial estates to counter welfare fraud according to the Minister for Social Protection Joan Bu(...)

 Minister for Health Dr James Reilly  speaking to reporters  during the announcement of Budget 2014 at the Government Press Centre, Dublin, yesterday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A full assessment and validation of proposed budget 2014 savings in the health service will be carried out, according to Minister for Health James Rei(...)

Drivers at Dublin Bus have rejected several sets of proposals, including recommendations drawn up by the Labour Court, over recent months aimed at generating savings of more than €11 million which the firm maintained were essential. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said his department is looking at its options in the event of Dublin Bus going bust.Mr Varadkar said he hoped(...)