Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

‘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(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Party central: Catherine Murphy, the Kildare North TD, hopes to fight the general election as part of a new Irish political party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Another new political party? I thought Renua Ireland had captured that space No, it’s not Renua. It has emerged this week that three Independent TDs a(...)

The cost, in time and money, of establishing a new political party is horrendous. This harsh reality and the uncertainty of the public’s response enco(...)

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris  said he would judge the new party  on its  substance when it is established, if it is established. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has expressed some scepticism about the formation of another new party in Leinster House. Mr Harris shares(...)

An Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI political poll in May 2015 put  support for Independents at 24 per cent.

Any observer looking at Irish politics will quickly spot the consistent opinion poll finding that voters with no interest in the bigger parties make u(...)

Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Róisín Shortall: in talks in talks on forming a new party.

Three prominent Independent TDs have been involved in talks on forming a new party that will challenge Shane Ross’s prospective alliance and Renua Ire(...)