Alan Kelly’s campaign launch in Nenagh, Co Tipperary  at the weekend. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

“I don’t take no for an answer. If someone tells me no, it only encourages me. It only encourages me to go back and make sure it is a yes. You all kno(...)

‘I don’t think “Cyprus Avenue” is a loyalist play. It’s about loyalism,’ says Stephen Rea, who appears in the play at the Abbey Theatre in February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This is a safe place. Cyprus Avenue, a new play by the Belfast writer David Ireland, begins with gentle reassurance. “Here it’s okay to say anything y(...)

To-morrow the electors of the Irish Free State will be required to make the most momentous decision of their lives. Since the dissolution of Dáil Éire(...)

Anne Fennell (57) of Monastery Gate Green, Clondalkin arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on January 20th, 2016, where she pleaded guilty to two counts of harrassing Fr Desmond Byrne. Photograph: Collins Courts

A 57-year-old Dublin woman who sent obscene phone messages threatening to bomb President Michael D Higgins and several government ministers has pleade(...)

“The base of Fianna Fáil and very large sections of Fianna Fáil remain very republican” - Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin will be in government, if not after this election then after the next, party president Gerry Adams has said. “The issue of whether Sinn Féi(...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)

Women TD’s  in 2005 meeting the sisters and and partner of Robert Mc Cartney who was murdered by the IRA  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One hundred years ago women fought alongside men to achieve Irish Independence. But what started as the promised Republic that would cherish women and(...)

Apart from Michael Collins, there were seven presidents and eight taoisigh to be considered, with one president and four taoisigh being “still alive”. Photograph: Hulton Archive

A proposed series of postage stamps featuring taoisigh and presidents were to include only deceased holders of the office, in part because next of kin(...)

Michael McNamara. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow the President will convene the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill. The Dáil considered only 16 of the Bill’s 81 s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he intends to have equal numbers of men and women in his next cabinet if he retains power. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he intends to have equal numbers of men and women in his next cabinet if he retains power. Political leaders are being(...)