Enda Kenny: a new unit is to be established within the Department of the Taoiseach to prepare for the possible exit of Britain from the European Union as well as dealing with other aspects of Irish-UK relations. Photograph: Colin Keegan

A new unit is to be established within the Department of the Taoiseach to prepare for the possible exit of Britain from the European Union as well (...)

The Royal Irish Academy was aware of a consultation process, but other stakeholders were not told. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An interdepartmental committee asked to devise a new scientific research strategy for Ireland has left out an important part of the process – the scie(...)

Create 10,000 new jobs, abolish the sometimes-controversial Clearing House Group, and come up with a new name for the “IFSC” are some of the measur(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Andrews Resource Centre in Dublin for the launch of the Low Pay commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he is worth his €3,500 a week salary.Asked at the launch of the Low Pay Commission in Dublin whether his €185,000 a (...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: opposed benchmarking and social partnership while Fine Gael were in opposition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A private meeting of Fine Gael Ministers this week heard concerns expressed about the emerging prospect of new talks with the social partners on issue(...)

Frank Flannery was spotted in the company of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the days after the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery could be set for a surprise return to the party as it gears up for the general election.(...)

A ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport has faced vigorous opposition from sporting organisations and drinks companies. Photograph: The Irish Times 6:56

A clause allowing for the banning of alcohol sponsorship of sports is to be included next month in new legislation designed to limit the sale and misu(...)

Former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and his wife, Joan. She approved the menu for the State dinner. Photograph: Jack McManus

Guests at the 1984 State banquet in Dublin in honour of US president Ronald Reagan were treated to roast beef and turtle soup, but only the to(...)

President Hillery: it was suggested that he sign thank-you letters for donations as low as $10.  Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was  mentioned as an alternative signatory. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

A project involving tree-planting to be paid for by Irish-Americans got cautious government approval in 1984.But a suggestion that president Patrick H(...)

The Cork branch of Irish CND collecting signatures in College Green, Dublin, in 1984 for petitions asking presidents Reagan and Andropov to stop the arms race. The petitions were placed in the mock missiles and delivered to the US and Soviet embassies. Photograph: Pat Langan

Fears that a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite might crash to Earth in Ireland triggered a plan from the Nuclear Energy Board, according to a report su(...)