A view of Cork city’s skyline. Dr Aodh Quinlivan of UCC said the task set for the Smiddy Review Group to examine local government reform in Cork might require more time than the September deadline set by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Ian Gethings/Getty.

A review group set up to examine local government reform in Cork and whether Cork city should get a boundary extension may not have time to carry out(...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly said it was important that both Cork city and county were not held back in terms of economic progress. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The chairman of a specially appointed independent review group to examine local government structures in Cork has pledged to consult widely with all (...)

Frank Flannery was spotted in the company of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the days after the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery could be set for a surprise return to the party as it gears up for the general election.(...)

Frances Cahill, a Galway businesswoman, wrote to Taoiseach Enda Kenny (above) and Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran in August 2012 to inform them she was resigning from the party’s women’s group and national executive over the treatment of women in the party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The former chairperson of a women’s group in Fine Gael – which has been put “on hold” – accused the party of hypocrisy on gender equality when she (...)

Much has been made over the past fortnight of the absence of Phil Hogan and Frank Flannery (right) from the side of the Taoiseach as Fine Gael blundered its way into the biggest crisis of Enda Kenny’s leadership. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Much has been made over the past fortnight of the absence of Phil Hogan and Frank Flannery from the side of the Taoiseach as Fine Gael blundered its w(...)

The new headstone on the plot at Glasnevin Cemetery for people who donated their bodies to medical science.

The medical schools at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), University College Dublin (UCD) have agreed to neutralise w(...)

File photograph of Sean Dunne, right, with his attorney in New Haven, Connecticut. Photograph: Irish Times photo/ Steve Miller

An American judge has rejected a request by bankrupt property developer Seán Dunne to question chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency(...)

Frank Flannery: While his description of the Fine Gael campaign as one of the worst he ever saw drew most attention, his critique of how the party operates in Government was of more long-term interest. Photograph: Eric Luke

There was a recent assumption among some in the Labour Party that, given the scale of its mauling in the local and European elections, it was the Coal(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

The contest for seats has been tight for many of the candidates across the state as eight recounts got underway today.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

The strongly contested last seats available in the local area elections have been filled today, with the exception of two postponed wards. Following (...)