Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveils his new Cabinet in the Dáil this afternoon.

A Cheann Comhairle, I wish to inform the House that the President, acting on my advice, has accepted the resignations of Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deput(...)

Independent TD Clare Daly’s staff used some 500 pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes to canvass for candidates she supported in the local elections

The Dáil’s ethics committee has decided not to pursue any action against Independent TD Clare Daly for using some 500 pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes t(...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Dean Victor Griffin former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson

As a young Church of Ireland priest in Derry, Victor Griffin annoyed the Protestants. Later, when he came to Dublin as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral,(...)

 Election posters on Cork Street Dublin 8.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The

TDs and senators have been warned not to use pre-paid Oireachtas envelopes or other Oireachtas facilities to support candidates in next week’s Europea(...)

Full list of candidates Although Cork City Council was the only local authority area not to change in the constituency revision, this month’s loc(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

The Government was today urged by a leading member of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) to carry out a review of the role and function of An Garda Síochána as a matter of urgency to help improve floundering morale in the force. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government was today urged by a leading member of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) to carry out a review of the rol(...)

 Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the constitutional principle of collective responsibility seems increasingly at odds with political reality – particularly the changes that stemmed from the normalisation of coalition government. Photograph: Alan Betson

The very public ministerial rift over the Garda whistleblower affair reflects broader changes in the constitutional dynamics of cabinet Gover(...)