The House then took the second stage of the Dail Eireann Courts (Winding-up) Bill. Mr. Kevin O’Higgins [minister for home affairs] said that this was(...)

Legal professional privilege was a pressing social need necessitating prior restraint of publication  O’Brien vs Raidió Teilifís Éireann [20(...)

Kevin O’ Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, and his wife Dena, with former tánaiste Michael McDowell SC and Dr Joe Mulholland, director of the Patrick MacGill Summer School at the opening in Glenties, Co Donegal on Sunday night

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has called for urgent “now-or-never” change before the general election that would see the next ceann comhairle elect(...)

  Pat Rabbitte   TD .... “Ferriter deplores my ‘attitude and tone’ of recent years which he claims is ‘more right than centre’.... I have been engaged in the Government’s single-minded effort to salvage the Irish economy from the wreckage that we inherited.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Hurlers on the ditch usually dish out their criticism without resort to personal invective and especially if they come from the calm of academe. This (...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny ... “Why the harsh tone about Greece last Sunday?”Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The politicians will soon be off on their holidays. The country is still standing. There is the odd fire but overall, the leadership is pleased with i(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphrey:  “The Irish audio-visual sector has been going from strength to strength in recent years  and I believe there is huge capacity for growth.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is to introduce legislation to change the name of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann to (...)

Nama sold €5.6 billion worth of loans against northern Irish properties to Cerberus for €1.7 billion in June 2014. The US fund hired US lawyers Brown and Rudnick, along with  Northern Irish firm Tughans, as advisers. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State agency Nama on Tuesday defended the sale of its Northern Ireland loans, which has sparked a row over claims of corrupt payments and is facing pa(...)

Pat Rabbitte: “It will be a difficult election for the Labour Party . . . We get 19 per cent of the vote and 90 per cent of the blame.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte has said his decision not to contest the next general election was not influenced by his relationship with Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

Peter Fitzpatrick had suggested he could run for a different part amid rumours of Fine Gael putting an extra candidate forward in Louth. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Fine Gael TD who said he was not standing for the party in the general election has changed his mind following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. (...)