‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out a possible run for the leadership of his Fine Gael party in the future. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out a possible run for the leadership of his Fine Gael party in the future. Mr Varadkar’s name a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given a commitment to step down as Fine Gael leader during his next term of office if he wins the forthcoming general elec(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times. 1:34

Leading members of the Government and Opposition have united in condemnation of businessman Denis O’Brien’s bid to sue the members of the Oireachtas (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to the 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings a(...)

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy: medal for bravery awarded for exceptional courage and resolve in the face of debilitating bubble-blindness. Photograph: AP Photo/ Thierry Charlier

'Dragon's Den' Enterprise Award Start-ups are springing up all over Leinster House as the SME sector experiences significant uplift on the poli(...)

The boat to Inisbofin off the coast of Mayo. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Nine Government Departments and agencies have a role in dealing with coastal and island communities but questions have been raised about who has respo(...)

Provisions of a new Bill on child grooming include the offence of communicating with a child, online or offline, to do anything that would constitute sexual exploitation.

Thirty children were detected being trafficked around Ireland for sexual exploitation over a two-year period, the Dáil was told during a debate on leg(...)