Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said the term “battle group” was “unfortunate and misleading”. He said this term  described the force size rather than its role and said it was a “standard technical military term for a battalion-sized force with support elements comprising 1,500 personnel”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Dáil has accepted by an overwhelming 72 to 25 majority Ireland’s participation in an EU battle group, led by Germany, to be established next year.(...)

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris: says the Government does not agree with the characterisation of the Irish corporation tax system.

Ireland’s corporation tax regime is transparent and robust, Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has insisted. He told the Dáil the State believ(...)

Senator David Norris: said the byelection  to fill Jimmy Harte’s seat was a  “complete farce with only 100 voters”

Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has told the Upper House there are at least four months to go before a general election. Mr Cummins said they had 28 Bi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has again called for a commission of investigation into Nama’s Project Eagle sale to a US investment company. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A “group of shadowy individuals” was “stitching up” a deal on the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) sale of a loan portfolio of 800 properties i(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter was last night facing a battle at the Fine Gael selection convention to retain the nomination to run again for the Dáil in Dublin Rathdown. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has been selected to run again for the Dáil in the new three-seat Dublin Rathdown constituency. He was select(...)

The Government will listen to any Opposition proposals, the Tánaiste says.

“Get the popcorn, this could take a while,” is probably the best way to describe how Joan Burton answers questions: at length, in detail and, more oft(...)

Lucinda Creighton said the docklands authority engaged in a public private partnership with developer Bernard McNamara.

Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) is responsible for the Longboat Quay apartment complex and should pay the €4 million required to address(...)

The animals taken included nine cows, nine calves and about 15 Charolais continental crossbreeds Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times/File Photo

A man in his 30s has been arrested over the theft of livestock estimated at a value of more than €100,000 from a farm in Co Westmeath. Seventy-five c(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said of the apartments: “They do not meet fire safety standards, yet the developer, the builders, the architects and the planning authority will not be penalised, and it is the owners who are being asked to foot the bill.” Photograph: Alan Betson 2:09

Almost 300 families in Dublin’s docklands who face evacuation from their apartments, which are a fire hazard, should resolve the issue “collaborati(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: puzzled more people are not switching Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will meet the banks early in the new year “if we are all around” after the general election to again discuss stan(...)