Dr TK Whitaker, pictured in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A “revolutionary” of the calibre of former civil servant and Central Bank governor Dr TK Whitaker is needed to ensure that financial markets take some(...)

The John Hinde postcard of Skerries

I don’t know why it is so amusing to see a tanned, handsome man in sunglasses lounging on a beach holding a rather large camera in a strategic posi(...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

The Independent Alliance, headed by Independent TD Shane Ross and Michael Fitzmaurice  is to field up to 20 candidates in the upcoming general election.

The Independent Alliance is to field up to 20 candidates in the upcoming general election. The group - headed by Independent TD Shane Ross and Michael(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: joins TDs John Halligan, Finian McGrath and Tom Fleming in the grouping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator Feargal Quinn is to join the Independent Alliance, it has emerged. Mr Quinn is expected to confirm his decision at a press conference today. T(...)

David Norris: “When the Fianna Fáil government denationalised Aer Lingus, I spoke and voted against that.” Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael Senator Pat O’Neill said the sale of the Government’s Aer Lingus share was right for the airline and the country. “We are a small island (...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

Senator Jim Walsh opposes some 35 sections of the legislation.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad over proposals that donor-assisted human reproduction should be confined to married mother-and-father coupl(...)

Convivial drinking in a pub is grand, despite what the new puritans might have you believe (see also: red fizz, stage left). Photograph: Getty Images

Ahead of Ireland’s big day, we thought we would take at look at just some of the ways Irish consumers are unique and a couple of things we think be(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced emergency legislation.

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson has called for a major debate on illegal drugs. He said a discussion was needed on the national drugs strategy, o(...)