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(...)

Full list of candidates The big question in Donegal is how Sinn Féin is going to do. Gerry Adams reckons his arrest over the murder of Jean McC(...)

An Ulster Bank-Permanent TSB merger could be a good fit and they flirted with each other in the past. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

If all the talk recently about a third banking force has given you a sense of deja vu, it’s because the proposal has been knocking about for more t(...)

A bus stop in the background at the scene of the fatal shooting at the weekend of Dean Johnston at Ronanstown, Dublin. Gardaí have renewed an appeal for information on his murder. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An appeal for witnesses to the murder of Dean Johnston (21) in Ronanstown in Dublin has been renewed by gardaí. Passengers aboard the No 25 Nitelink B(...)

Flowers at the scene of Saturday morning’s fatal shooting on Harelawn Green, Clondalkin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí are trying to piece together the final movements of a man shot repeatedly in the head as he lay dying on the ground, in the hope they can estab(...)