Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has tabled a Dáil motion calling on the Government to move the writs for  byelections in Dublin South West and Roscommon South- Leitrim immediately. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Government is expected to move the writs for the two pending Dáil byelections in the coming week, with the two contests expected to be held on Fri(...)

Party think-ins and Cabinet deliberations in reality represent aspects of micro- and macro-management. Both are useful approaches but are not always i(...)

‘The Minster failed to mention the incinerator in his speech, but if we are to believe everything he said regarding waste policy, then it is never going to happen,’ said Green party leader Eamon Ryan, Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

This week at the Environment Ireland Conference new Minister for Environment Alan Kelly got tough on badly-behaved bin collection companies. In his fi(...)

Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil Hogan is expected to finalise his team of advisers during the next few weeks, as he prepares to take responsibility for the European Commissio(...)

Enda Kenny: two of his key election strategists have left his side in recent months. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has begun the preparations for Fine Gael’s general election campaign by choosing Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald as th(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams arriving  in Co Louth for the party’s annual think-in with  Jerry Kelly MLA, Mary Lou Mc Donald, deputy leader and by election candidate Martin Kenny. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The  Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton an “architect of austerity” in his keynote address to his party’s think(...)

Juncker’s new commission
  • Europe
  • September 11, 2014, 01:00

In his apparently harmonious reconciliation of competing interests for portfolio nominations in the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker(...)

Phil Hogan: all set for his role as EU agriculture commissioner. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Jean-Claude Juncker had promised “some surprises” when he announced the allocation of commission portfolios yesterday. He did not disappoint. The appo(...)

Farming orgaisations welcomed Phil Hogan’s appointment as agriculture commissioner while Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív urged him to tackle the current beef crisis.

There was universal welcome from farm organisations and farming figures for Phil Hogan’s appointment as EU commissioner for agriculture and rural affa(...)

Phil Hogan is, physically, what a sports coach would describe as a ‘big unit’. He stands nearly six and half feet tall and this has contributed to the(...)