Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives  at Leinster House this morning. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:28

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald has said she does not regret her decision to stage a sit-in in the Dáil chamber which led to her being suspe(...)

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald will be  “turning up for work as normal” today despite being suspended until Wednesday, a Sinn Féin spokesman said.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:28

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald is not expected to try to force her way into the Dáil chamber today following her suspension for a four-hour(...)

The scene on O’Connell Street in Dublin on Saturday November 1st as thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Anti-water charges campaigner and Dublin West TD Ruth Coppinger has defended the weekend’s protest in Tallaght as “exceptionally peaceful”. The Social(...)

Betty Friedan: ‘It is, perhaps, beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not, ’ she wrote in The Feminine Mystique. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

From sultry pop stars advertising luxury yogurt with “chocolatey balls” (Nicole Scherzinger, j’accuse), to women in Tallaght having to drag buggies, b(...)

Michael Collins. In December 1920, when the Irish Independent published a letter from Collins addressed to the Irish people, a party of Auxiliaries raided the paper’s premises. Photograph: Hulton Archive

During the War of Independence, newspapers were the targets of intimidation and violence from both the crown forces and the IRA.The crown forces, prim(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan is being urged to withdraw her name from the competition. Photograph by Cyril Byrne

Garda whistleblower John Wilson and a new group, Families for Justice, have called on acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan to withdraw her can(...)

Gerry Adams: delivered victim-centred reproach in response to allegations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 4:33

There were two victims in the Dáil chamber yesterday. One, Maíria Cahill, sat silently in the visitors’ gallery. She says she is a victim of sexual ab(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “We don’t know who these men are we don’t know what they have done since they arrived among us in their banishment. But we need to know. And we intend to find out.” File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A Cheann Comhairle, Dáil Éireann meets today to discuss allegations made by Ms Maíria Cahill against the IRA and that organisation’s handling of them.(...)

Gerry Adams: told Taoiseach he walked on Saturday in the protests against water charges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When times are rough, it’s good to have friends. Just like the song says: “Sometimes you want to go/ Where everybody knows your name/And they’re alway(...)

Dr Sean Barrett said a report in 2010 found that only 39 of the Department of Finance’s 542 staff were economists trained to a masters level or higher - less than 10 per cent of the department’s total staff.

The lack of obvious economic expertise within the Irish banking sector increases the likelihood that Ireland could see a repeat of the property bubble(...)