Martin McGuinness; Kathleen Funchion, candidate for the upcoming Carlow and Kilkenny By Election; Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 0:51

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said political parties have a “duty and responsibility” to address the issue of fatal foetal abn(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams were among the party members at the January meeting with American businessmen.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin’s rising popularity prompted a group of American businessman, including some with Wall Street backgrounds, to travel to Dublin in January of(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking to supporters  on March 17th 2005 in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Leading Irish-American business figures, including donors to Sinn Féin, raised concerns about what they see as anti-business policies with senior part(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett:  “Those who continue to shout here are not doing themselves any good.” So there. Photograph: Frank Miller

“Interruptions”. That’s the word they use in the official record.A polite way to indicate ructions. Deputies shouting and roaring, roaring and shoutin(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said legislation to strengthen existing laws on recruiting and training terrorists has gone through the Seanad.

Ireland is not soft on jihadist fighters Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has insisted, rejecting claims of a lack of appropriate counter-terro(...)

Sinn Féin ruled out going into coalition with Fianna Fáil after the next election, saying the electorate wanted a break with the past.

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have rejected suggestions they are ready to go into coalition with each other following the next general election, with both(...)

Dara Calleary: the legislation is “being stretched to include matters linked to media mergers”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil has described as “very odd and slightly suspicious” the inclusion of media merger-related issues in legislation to deal with patents.“I a(...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

 Members of the Irish language and Gaeltacht community protest outside  Government Buildings yesterday after the announcement Joe McHugh TD is to be the new junior minister for the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected a call to reconsider his appointment of two Ministers with responsibility for the Gaeltacht who are not fluent in I(...)

New junior minister Joe McHugh, who was appointed to the Gaeltacht post even though he does not speak Irish. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

One person is not going to save the Irish language, Minister of State Joe Mc Hugh said in his defence after a blistering attack on the Government’s at(...)