John McNulty’s abrupt appointment caused a major political controversy and gave rise to charges of political cronyism against Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys

Department of Arts officials were asked two days before John McNulty was appointed to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) which Stat(...)

President Michael D Higgins: embarks on his longest official visit this Saturday when he travels to Africa for 22 days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has said that he and he and his wife Sabina have been moved by the support he has received since assuming office. Presiden(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The Barbaros ship will continue to do its seismic studies . .  nobody should try to create a crisis.” Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Cyprus’s president Nikos Anastasiades is to raise Turkey’s incursion into the island’s maritime exclusion zone at today’s European Council summit in B(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: has indicated he may seek to secure a cap on migrants entering Britain from within the EU. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker threw down the gauntlet to British prime minister David Cameron yesterday, warning that EU freedom of movement rules would not be(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, talks with UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage as he arrives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The European Parliament has voted to approve the new European Commission in a ballot today in Strasbourg, paving the way for the EU’s 28 commissioners(...)

 Violeta Bulc of Slovenia, the designated European commissioner for transport, speaks at her hearing at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  yesterday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Irish commissioner-designate Phil Hogan will take up his new role in Brussels on November 1st, after the European Parliament backed the last remain(...)

Outgoing European Commission president José Manuel Barroso  attends the review of the Barroso II commission at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Ten years after he took the helm at the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg for one last time yes(...)

The dissolution of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group will be a significant blow to  Ukip as it prepares for next May’s general election in Britain.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

A political group in the European Parliament led by the UK Independence Party collapsed yesterday following the defection of a Latvian MEP.The dissolu(...)

Violeta Bulc of Slovenia will be assigned the transport portfolio, while Slovak nominee Maros Sefcovic has been elevated to the position of vice-president for energy union. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kupljenik

A week after MEPs rejected Slovenia’s nominee as commissioner, incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled a restructured lin(...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)