Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

Peter Mathews:  posited the view that it was time we heard from the executives who led the banking sector to the point of collapse in late 2008.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

No conference on financial matters would be complete without a long-winded statement, ahem, question from Peter Mathews, the Independent TD for Dublin(...)

Peter Mathews:  he is not  a member of  the  banking inquiry but  he believes himself to be something of an authority on financial matters.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We are not going to adjust our adjustments just yet because it’s just too early to be doing any adjusting. We have to do a proper reading of the natio(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members, which could become a new political party under the ‘Independent Alliance’ banner. From left: Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A member of the Reform Alliance has ruled out joining a new party that could evolve from the group of former Fine Gael TDs and senators. Denis Naughte(...)

Billy Timmins defied the Fine Gael whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another member of the Reform Alliance group of dissident TDs and senators has renewed his membership of Fine Gael. Billy Timmins, a Wick(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and former Garda commisioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Here’s your cap, Commissioner, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That’s not the way it was. And the Taoiseach, with a perfectly st(...)

“It is amazing we have so few mistakes relating to identity, with people consequently being given inappropriate treatments, particularly in hospitals.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell has called for a computerised link between the Departments of Health and Social Protection. (...)

Blackstone came to fame as a buyout firm under chief executive Stephen Schwarzman and is now a financial colossus overseeing $265 billion.  Photograph: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

Bankers have been blanketing Ireland in search of cheap assets and lucrative deals, and few firms have been as aggressive as the Blackstone Group. (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the Government’s decision not to take over the running of Mount Carmel hospital, Dublin which closes next weekend with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the Government’s decision not to take over the running of Mount Carmel hospital, Dublin which closes nex(...)

Lucinda Creighton at the Reform Alliance conference at the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A grand day out. But it went a bit sour in the end. Lucinda Creighton said she was very happy, but she didn’t look or sound it. The woman who is not t(...)