Frances Fitzgerald addresses the media yesterday after publication of the damning report on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Cawley/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has a “closed, secretive” culture as well as “significant leadership and management problems”, according to an independent (...)

Palestinian refugees perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp. The Seanad is being recalled from its summer break and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is preparing to address Senators about Ireland’s approach to the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Senators are expected to return to Leinster House on Thursday for a special sitting of the Upper House which will focus on the ongoing crisis in Gaza(...)

Former junior minister Ivor Callely will be sentenced this morning for fraudulently claiming mobile expenses at Leinster House while he was a senator.   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 1:54

Former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely has been sentenced to five months in prison for fraudulently claiming mobile phone expenses during his(...)

Bertie Ahern has been on two trips to Ukraine this month to take part in talks aimed at ending the violence there. Sources close to the former taoiseach said he would be travelling to the country again, probably in the coming weeks. Photograph: David Sleator

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern is expected to travel again to Ukraine in the coming weeks to take part in peace talks after visiting the eastern Eur(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wants selection conventions to begin in October to allow candidates as much time as possible to establish themselves before the next election. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Fianna Fáil is considering pursuing a strategy of standing one candidate only in Dublin constituencies in the next general election to consolidate th(...)

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(...)

Medical organisations claimed the cuts led to a brain drain among doctors and left the health service unable to fill a number of key medical posts. Photograph: Thinkstock

Consultants who started working after the Government cut their starting salary by 30 per cent will receive a retrospective lump sum under new pay pr(...)

Frank Flannery. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senior Fine Gael advisers warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in a memo just months after the party took power, that it needed to “maintain a strong identit(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is expected to address the Seanad on the crisis in Gaza when the Upper House is recalled from its summer break. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is expected to address the Seanad on the crisis in Gaza, as well as tensions in Ukraine, when the Upper (...)

Proposals for revised pay and career structures are  aimed at changing the hospital system into a “consultant-delivered” service, as distinct from consultants leading teams of non-consultant doctors.

The Government is preparing to partially reverse salary cuts imposed on hospital consultants two years ago, which would see their pay increase by as m(...)