Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

 Members of the Irish language and Gaeltacht community protest outside  Government Buildings yesterday after the announcement Joe McHugh TD is to be the new junior minister for the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected a call to reconsider his appointment of two Ministers with responsibility for the Gaeltacht who are not fluent in I(...)

New junior minister Joe McHugh, who was appointed to the Gaeltacht post even though he does not speak Irish. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

One person is not going to save the Irish language, Minister of State Joe Mc Hugh said in his defence after a blistering attack on the Government’s at(...)

The bigger, more interesting question to emerge from this minor political kerfuffle was this: what has Brian Crowley been doing in Europe for the past 20 years?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MEP throws in his lot with “a crowd of headbangers”. Then he ups and leaves Fianna Fáil anyway. That’s politics for you. Fianna Fáil was stunned by Br(...)

Minister of State for Housing Jan O Sullivan said the Coalition would prefer to provide social housing in a way other  than using private landlords, “but we cannot do it in any great numbers at the present time”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is weighing introducing rent control to deal with the State’s homeless problem, Minister of State for Housing Jan O’Sullivan has said.(...)

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan: The NCH’s board ‘will have absolute clarity on all governance and operational issues’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Concert Hall unveiled details of its 2014-2015 concert series at the end of last month and has been garnering a lot of publicity over the(...)

The National Concert Hall: to be put on a statutory footing similar to other national cultural institutions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The coming period will be one of change at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan has said. He told the Dáil that legislativ(...)

Former Labour TD Patrick Nulty: Dublin West byelection follows his resignation. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has confirmed the byelections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath will take place on May 23rd, the date of the local and Eur(...)

Young deer or fawns in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.Photograph: David Sleator

The possibility of relocating native species of deer from Kerry to the Phoenix Park in Dublin will be examined by Department o(...)

Fianna Fáil chief whip Seán Ó Fearghail

Planning for the new national children’s hospital has been hit by further delays, it has emerged. The Governm(...)