Gerry Adams: The responses point to the continued isolation of Sinn Féin from the political mainstream. Photograph: The Irish Times

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker famously said some years ago that mainstream politicians know what to do but just don’t know how to (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny who discussed the timing of the general election with  Tánaiste Joan Burton on Thursday. Photograph: Collins 1:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny again on Thursday declined to shut down growing speculation that he will opt to hold the general election in November. Speaking (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly will not change limits for election spending or  reimbursement of candidate expenses in the next  Dáil election. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has decided not to change the limits for election spending or the reimbursement of expenses for candidates at (...)

Fine Gael and Labour only need to gain a few points each to be in with a great chance of winning an historic second term.

Election fever has swept the corridors of Leinster House as the omens begin pointing more clearly to a November contest. While nobody knows for certai(...)

DUP party leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at a press conference at Stormont  this week. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

We have a full-blown crisis and bitter recriminations in the North and a set of spectacular figures in the economy down South. It’s all very 2002, isn(...)

‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt at Stormont  spoke about his party’s intent to resign from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After the IRA came to shoot our (Catholic) neighbour, his dignified family members closed their door and grieved. Us youngsters on the street in Derr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given a commitment to step down as Fine Gael leader during his next term of office if he wins the forthcoming general elec(...)

Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)

D-Day veteran Michael d’Alton from Dalkey, Co Dublin, who was presented with the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur  by Jean-Pierre Thebault, the French ambassador on board the French Navy Command and Support Ship Somme, in Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Parnell Summer School will take place from August 9th to 13th in the Avondale demesne, Charles Stewart Parnell’s ancestral home in Co Wicklow. Th(...)