Broadcaster Pat Kenny, who left RTÉ to join Newstalk. RTÉ managing director Jim Jennings said the company would have paid Kenny to stay put if it had been overpaying its radio presenters.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

RTÉ’s managing director of radio has said that if they were willing to overpay presenters they would have kept Pat Kenny. Kenny moved to Newstalk in t(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: “I’m not at liberty to say who mentioned his name to me because that’s a Fine Gael matter”

A Fine Gael TD has said he recommended another party member appointed to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) to Minister for Arts Hea(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told Dáil yesterday some of the media reports about a fixed charge might be based on a draft memo from Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The local elections campaign began in earnest in the Dáil yesterday. The dominant issue was water charges, which has, in the past, been a centr(...)

 Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)

Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan said that as a percentage of overall gross national income “we give more than France, Germany and Austria, none of which are bailout countries”.

Charities seeking direct debit agreements on the street from potential donors, should have to state how the money is divided, the Dáil has been(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

Ming gets a gong for bringing the spirit of Christmas hospitality onto the floor. Photograph: Frank Miller

Politician of the Year We had intended giving it to Ming Flanagan. But somebody seems to have quashed the award on his behalf. He’ll have to (...)

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman Bob Collins told a committee today: “We are not here to prop up RTÉ. RTÉ is capable of propping itself up.”

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has stood over its decision to recommend an increase in State funding for RTÉ in its five year review of public (...)

Republicans convicted of offences before the Good Friday Agreement was put in place should not be excluded from driving a taxi, a Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis has suggested.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Republicans convicted of offences before the Good Friday Agreement was put in place should not be excluded from driving a taxi, Sinn Féin TD Dessie El(...)

There are about 144 hen harriers in six protected areas across the country. Photograph:  Richard Mills

A few hundred farmers have enjoyed €11 million in Government payments for implementing measures aimed at conserving the protected hen harrier on thei(...)