Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua Ireland,  during the party’s first think-in in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

When you have to endure them every September, you realise the term “political party think-in” does violence to the English language. Once upon a time(...)

 Lucinda Creighton and Declan Ganley at a Renua Ireland think-in in Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland is working on a radical new policy that would see the introduction of a flat tax on all income, with bands and most allowances being scr(...)

Enda Kenny: got his “spake” in first without his detractors being in a position to challenge his version of events. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Fennelly report arrived into Government Buildings on Monday night. It was 280 pages but it did not arrive as hard copy. It came as a USB key fob w(...)

Exchequer returns for August show that tax receipts for the first eight months of the year came to €27.3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest exchequer figures, which show tax revenues well ahead of targets, will increase the clamour for the Government to draft an expansionary budget (...)

Tom Moloney, Tom Treacy and Ollie Robinson, former hurlers and committee members of Tynagh Abbey-Duniry GAA Club. Photograph: The Irish Times

Hurling runs deep in Galway. You travel the narrow stone-clad roads in the east of the county and you know it’s hurling country. Boys and girls walk t(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When it was scheduled, the interview with Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was meant to be about other issues. Then a political crisis er(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded and gone away”. Mr Flanagan was responding to Sinn Féin(...)

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A number of high-profile Fianna Fáil candidates, including Seán Haughey, will learn in the coming days if they will be automatic selections on the pa(...)

Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia last week. Fianna Fáil spokesman on Europe Timmy Dooley criticised Minister’s refusal to step up  response to the crisis.  Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

The Government will make no commitment to accept more than the 600 refugees it has agreed to, Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said. Mr (...)

Independent TD Clare Daly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has claimed that the manner in which An Garda Síochána has conducted internal investigations into two related complaints of impropri(...)