With AIB and US investment group Avenue Capital supplying the funding, we can expect developer Michael O’Flynn to again become one of the busiest builders in Ireland. Photograph: Collins

Reports at the weekend that Cork property developer Michael O’Flynn is on the cusp of securing the financing to purchase the undeveloped assets in his(...)

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger is part of a group that has  occupied the site of a Nama-funded housing estate under construction in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Homeless people and Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) members have occupied the site of a Nama-funded housing estate under construction in Castleknock, Du(...)

 Paul Murphy greeting a supporter at a protest over the policing of the anti-water charges movement at the Central Bank in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Attempts to “intimidate”, “silence” or “marginalise” the anti-water charges movement with arrests and court summonses will not work, up to 2,000 prote(...)

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(...)

Some of the most socially advantaged areas of Dublin are among the highest recipients of teaching supports for special needs. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network has called for a “fairer and more transparent model” of allocating resources for special educational needs. Its (...)

Lissadell House in Sligo, a fine place for a Cabinet retreat. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

They’ll be in marvellous form by the time they get to Sligo, with nearly three hours of team bonding before the meeting proper begins. It was Enda’s (...)

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy at Friday’s  Greek solidarity press conference. Photograph: Kirstin Campbell 2:14

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy said that he is ashamed of how the Government has acted in relation to Greece ahead of a protest on Saturday in solidarity wi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has suggested his comments on Greece at a meeting of euro zone ministers on Monday were misrepresented. He told t(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)