Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

A hen harrier in flight. File  photograph: Thinkstock

Hen harrier numbers in Ireland are continuing to decline, according to the results of a new survey. The number of breeding pairs has also declined e(...)

Newly qualified gardaí marching  at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Garda recruitment needs to be ramped up to about 900 new members per year for up to five years if adequate policing is to be provided, Garda superinte(...)

Emmet Stagg: The former Kildare North Labour deputy  said entering a government arrangement would be disastrous for Labour and the idea should be opposed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There is large-scale opposition among Labour’s elected representatives to involvement in a Fine Gael-led minority government. A clear majority of th(...)

Crowds celebrate the result of the Marriage Equality referendum in Dublin Castle last year.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

There were 91 same sex marriages in the last six weeks of 2015 after they were legalised for the first time, figures from the Central Statistics Offic(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny arriving at Government Buildings on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The winding road has finally led to its inevitable destination, and Fianna Fáil has now ceded the ground to allow Enda Kenny form a Fine Gael-led mino(...)

Chief Inspector Bob Olsen of the Garda inspectorate addressing the Agsi conference. Photograph: Paul Mealey

About 300 Garda members could be immediately released from desk-bound jobs and allowed to join their colleagues policing the streets if their posts we(...)

The crossing is on the main rail line between Colbert Station in the city and Limerick Junction in County Tipperary, some 40km away.

Gardaí in Limerick are investigating the theft of a pair of railway-crossing steel gates that were taken from a road and rail junction in the county l(...)

Michael Lowry, whose complex tax affairs have become public knowledge by default. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

British prime minister David Cameron has been bounced into disclosing his tax returns by the Panama Papers revelations. His finance minister George Os(...)

The chief actuary with Irish Life has said his hair stood up when he heard the assurance company had transferred billions of euro to Anglo Irish Bank,(...)