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(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Government to commit to an annual allocation of €35 million for the development of community mental health teams and to properly resource mental health services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MARIE O’HALLORAN The State’s treatment of some sectors of society is damaging their mental health, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoim(...)

Former Labour TD Patrick Nulty: Dublin West byelection follows his resignation. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has confirmed the byelections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath will take place on May 23rd, the date of the local and Eur(...)

Peadar Toibín: “Despite the life-threatening absence of ambulances around the State, 60 senior management drive home, for their own purposes, in fully kitted-out ambulances worth €100,000,’’

The Department of Health was reviewing the personal use of ambulances by managers in the service, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howli(...)

“Broken Irish is better than clever English”

It will take 100 years for 1 per cent of the public service to be able to provide services in Irish at the current rate of implementation of t(...)

“All local resources were engaged on emergency calls at the time of this incident,” the HSE said, “and the nearest available emergency ambulance was dispatched from Virginia once it became free.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A terminally ill pensioner who suffered a head wound in a fall at her Meath home had to lie dazed for an ambulance to arrive – 87 minutes after(...)