The planning inquiry was told that while there were 29 protected structures within the harbour, the harbour itself was not a protected structure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council allocated €1.5 million towards the planning costs of a large-scale cruise berth in Dún Laoghaire harbour in the (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: his party  was one of the first out of the blocks this week to announce it was signing up to Right2Change

What is the left-wing alliance announced this week? A number of organisations and individuals involved in the anti-water charges movement, which op(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

The Government had an overwhelming majority in the first vote on the Budget which was in favour of a 50 cent increase in the price of a pack of 20 cig(...)

Both parties are Trotskyist and advocate permanent revolution and political agitation through working class mass action in capitalist societies such as Ireland.

The coming together of the two small left-wing parties should have been the easiest graft in Irish politics but has proved to be the most difficult. (...)

Joe Higgins, with Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Richard Boyd Barrett during the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit press conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A merger between two similar left-wing groups may seem like a modest political step, but it was the result of many months of tortuous discussions abou(...)

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris: says the Government does not agree with the characterisation of the Irish corporation tax system.

Ireland’s corporation tax regime is transparent and robust, Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has insisted. He told the Dáil the State believ(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said Labour has ‘imposed crushing austerity on working people’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has urged Siptu delegates to end their traditional affiliation with the Labour Party. The four-day Siptu (...)

Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

There is an old saying in Irish politics that the first thing on the agenda for any new political party is the split. As soon as the two main Trotskyi(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance member Ruth Coppinger, TD. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People before Profit are to join forces in a bid to form new left-wing party. In a statement, the two groups confirmed(...)