Greece’s prime minister and leader of New Democracy party Antonis Samaras: made  a surprise announcement that he was bringing the election for a new head of state forward by two months. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

With only four days to go before Greece’s MPs begin voting for the country’s new president, it’s still far from clear how the coalition under prime mi(...)

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politician who dominated politics in North Cork for over a quarter of a century. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politicia(...)

Former president of Siptu Des Geraghty has been appointed to the Central Bank Commission.

The Government has reappointed former Bank of Ireland chief executive Mike Soden and ex-trade union leader and MEP Des Geraghty as members of the C(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Ministers and other members of the Oireachtas outside the Department of the Taoiseach’s office yesterday after the announcement of the new Cabinet. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It was as well that there were some surprises when Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled the new Cabinet in the Dáil yesterday because the weeks of interminab(...)

 Labour leadership candidates Joan Burton and Alex White, who both made speeches at the leadership hustings in Cork last night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Labour leadership candidate Alex White last night said the party could not afford to delay generational change by choosing Joan Burton, the “last wom(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore checking his phone at the Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is before noon. Eamon Gilmore is nursing a glass of water in his office in Iveagh House on St Stephen’s Green. You couldn’t describe the atmosphere(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: his position is secure and he is likely to stay on as party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

A decade ago, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked about the likelihood of Fianna Fáil going into a coalition with Sinn Féin. Surprisingly, he did no(...)

It is a strange twist of politics that Eamon Gilmore began his political career by helping to bring the Labour Party to its knees in the 1985 local el(...)

Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore, seen here in 2009, resigned today after seven years at the helm. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Eamon Gilmore’s resignation today brings to an end a seven year tenure as leader of the Labour Party.During that time he lead the party to its best ev(...)