Foreign secretary Philip Hammond during an EU referendum  debate: said the government would show “proper restraint” when it came to spending and had no intention of ordering doorstep mail-shots in the last four weeks of the campaign.  Photograph: PA

David Cameron’s own colleagues have accused him of trying to rig the EU referendum in his favour by introducing new legislation that would allow mini(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice  David Ford  said after a BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme on political expenses: “I believe we need a full and independent investigation into these claims, carried out in a way that prevents any political party from interfering or preventing the facts from coming out.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice has called for an independent investigation into how Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and other Assembl(...)

Pro-union protestors gesture beside police during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow this evening. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 2:00

Hundreds of people crowded into Glasgow’s George Square tonight, with police separating rival supporters of the union and independence.Officers, some (...)

James Doorley, assistant director of the National Youth Council of Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of young people not registered to vote has increased in the past five years to almost one in three, according to a new poll.The Red C poll(...)

Yes and No supporters gather to listen to Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development at a Better Together event in Edinburgh,Scotland. Photograph:  Getty Images/Jeff J Mitchell

Turnout in the referendum on Scottish independence could reach or exceed 80 per cent which would be well above the average turnout in UK elections and(...)

Facing pressure from further to the right of the political spectrum, prime minister David Cameron somewhat foolishly (and to the fury of his Coalition partners) promised voters a referendum on the question that has vexed the country since the arrival at 10 Downing Street of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 – membership of the European Union.

Irish voters are well used to being told by their political masters that they are poorly informed on an issue – usually after they have had the temeri(...)

There was a high level of support for the No side in the “breakfast-roll man” Dublin commuter belt constituencies, with 54.6 per cent of voters rejecting the proposal here. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a lot of emphasis in recent days on the low voter turnout levels in last Friday’s referendums and the likely impact that had on (...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald , at the Convention on the Constitution, at Malahide, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael parliamentary chairman Charlie Flanagan has said he will raise with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan what he(...)