Speaking of Fr Tony Flannery (pictured) Senator Rónán Mullen said “I don’t sympathise with a view that a priest can have whatever theological views they want and expect to continue on in their job”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholic Priests has called on Senator Rónán Mullen to apologise to Fr Tony Flannery over remarks he made about him on Newstalk. Th(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

Hot water: Irish Water chief executive John Tierney, accompanied by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, talks to journalists at Ringsend waste-water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s the day after Halloween, but the horrors are just beginning for Government Ministers seeking to rally public support for Irish Water. Such is (...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: said Government could not slide away from the issue and think people were going to forget about it. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

John McNulty was listed as a businessman and board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) on the Seanad byelection ballot paper, Fianna Fáil(...)

 A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In classic Government understatement, a confidential document described Ireland’s direct provision system as “not ideal”. The same document adds, howe(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen with asylum seekers Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa before his Private Members’ motion in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson 3:03

Internal Government briefing material claims any alternative to the direct provision system for asylum seekers may result in a “pull factor” for those(...)

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel Direct Provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Politicians finally appear to be coalescing around the idea that “something must be done” about the more scandalous aspects of Ireland’s direct provis(...)

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights and conditions in various centres around the country. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights (...)

 Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Candidates in the European elections last May spent almost €3 million in their campaigns, according to a report published by the Standards in Public (...)