Almost two months after the local and European elections, the Government is finally again ready to resume normal business, after a long, and quite una(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Three years and four months isn’t enough time to transform as conservative an area as education but Ruairi Quinn can’t be faulted for his effort. In t(...)

 Joan Burton has repeatedly criticised the Economic Management Council    as secretive and said it missed the “big picture” on the economy.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Social Protection and Labour leadership candidate Joan Burton has indicated that higher-spending Government departments should have a gr(...)

Minister for Social Protection and Labour leadership candidate Joan Burton has indicated that higher spending Government departments should have a gre(...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore personally clashed at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting on efforts to secure agreement on water charg(...)

File image of Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

What has changed today to cause the latest crisis at Cabinet? Is it that ministers were suddenly told they had to introduce water charges(...)

Geraldine Byrne Nason was “a pivotal figure in the fiscal treaty referendum campaign and throughout Ireland’s EU presidency”, a Government  spokesman said.

The second-highest official in the Department of the Taoiseach is leaving the post with a view to returning to the Department of Foreign Affair(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan speaking to media on the subject of costs at Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has denied he misled the Oireachtas about the set-up costs of Irish Water.Mr Hogan was replying to Fianna Fáil(...)

Brendan Howlin: the Minister for Public Expenditure holds out hope that voters won’t punish the party for its austere fiscal policy in Government. Photograph: PA

Labour is bracing for a mighty challenge in the local and European elections next May but Brendan Howlin holds out hope that voters won’t punish the p(...)