Alan Kelly: “There are a certain amount of people who believe in not making a contribution to society but allow for taxpayers to fund this indulgence.”

Sinn Féin and anti-austerity movements on the “hard left” contain some who are politically active yet do not work or make a contribution to society, (...)

The union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back the bid. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Britain’s competition regulator could end up playing a key role in International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) €1.36 billion bid to take over Ae(...)

Ray Butler, a deputy for Meath West, said he and his family were intimidated by the incident which took place, at his home and constituency office in Trim, Co Meath.

A Fine Gael TD who this week said a group of 30 protesters gathered outside his home has warned his colleagues they too will be targeted soon.Ray Butl(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Pascal Donohue with John O’Mahony TD speaking at the Dáil on the Government’s position on IAG’s proposal to make an offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

For a deal that looked to be a non-runner a few weeks ago, the potential sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG)(...)

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A Government demand that IAG guarantee the Aer Lingus slots at Heathrow Airport for a decade is emerging as the main barrier to any deal on the issue.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government demand that International Airlines Group (IAG) guarantee the Aer Lingus slots at Heathrow Airport for a decade is emerging as the main ba(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s stated today that the commitments in IAG’s bid for Aer Lingus do not go far enough, but that the Government was open to considering revised proposals. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has issued its most positive response to date to the IAG takeover bid for Aer Lingus, but said the commitments offered in the proposals(...)

A significant number of ministers have contacted by The Irish Times said selling to Willie Walsh led IAG would make commercial sense. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There has been a shift in attitudes among some in the Labour Party over the past week and half towards selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus,(...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: to stand  as an Independent in Galway West as her constituents were overwhelmingly in favour of her standing as a non-party candidate. Photograph Collins/Courts

A former Fine Gael senator linked with Lucinda Creighton’s new party has decided to contest the next general election as an Independent. Fidelma Heal(...)

Minister for Jobs  and  Enterprise  Richard Bruton with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day  Enterprise International programme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ministers travelling abroad for the annual programme of St Patrick’s week trade missions will have to report back to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the succ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is travelling to the US for St Patrick’s Day

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton will both travel to the United States as part of the annual St Patrick’s ministerial trade missions.Twen(...)