Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith’s pay and severance package has been described as “obscene” by a prominent Iri(...)

Head of Lobbying Regulation Sherry Perreault: “If your name’s on the register, it’s actually a good thing, because it shows that you are adhering to the rules.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New lobbying rules will require a “culture shift” in Ireland, the Canadian-born new ethics regulator has said, because the State has a “lobbyin(...)

Sinead Ahern, chair of Labour Women, and  Senator Ivana Bacik during the launch by Labour Women of the General Scheme of the Labour Women Repeal the 8th Amendment Bill in Buswells Hotel,Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

The Labour Party has published plans to scrap Ireland’s Eighth Amendment ban on abortion - which will form a key demand of the party in post-election (...)

Seán Conlon: his departure from the  Fine Gael party follows that of veteran councillor Hugh McElvaney. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Seán Conlan’s brief career as a Fine Gael TD has been described as an “unhappy trip” by an observer of the political scene in Monaghan. “He was a happ(...)

Cavan-Monaghan TD Seán Conlan has said he will run as an Independent in the next general election. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Cavan-Monaghan TD Seán Conlan, who resigned from Fine Gael on Tuesday, is expected to be charged in relation to an alleged assault in a pub. Mr Conlan(...)

Fine Gael TD Seán Conlan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan has resigned from the party. He said his resignation was because “individuals at the top” of Fine Gael were not listening to (...)

An IFA-sponsored protest (above). Carlow-Kilkenny deputy Pat Deering said the association  did a lot of very good work and had a very good reputation for lobbying and being disciplined. “It’s important that they are strong and united representing the farmers, which they are not at the moment,” he said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs have called on the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to be transparent as the pay controversy surrounding the organisation continues. Car(...)

‘A small number of Irish parents have allowed mild and reasonable concerns about the side effects of routine immunisations to spiral into an ‘anti-vax’ mindset.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Any parent who has ever brought a baby for an injection will be familiar with the look of utter betrayal on the little one’s face when sharp needle pi(...)

Denis O’Brien and Web Summit cofounder Paddy Cosgrave  are among those invited to today’s Global Irish Economic Forum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The decision of the Government to invite billionaire businessman, Denis O’Brien to the Global Irish Economic Forum has been criticised by Renua leader(...)

Fianna Fáil supporter and floating voters may not want to vote for a party without the power to influence government decisions. Photograph: Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Perhaps the most sensible option for Fianna Fáil facing into next year’s general election would be to aim for a significant increase in seats followed(...)