Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

April 2009 Fine Gael suggests a new utility called Irish Water as part of its NewERA strategy.   November 2010 Fianna Fáil-led governm(...)

In the correspondence, David Drumm had apologised to the people affected by the crash and to staff who worked with the bank. Photograph: Josh Reynolds for The Irish Times

The banking inquiry has agreed to accept the written statement of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. At a private session las(...)

Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly speaking to the media with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Since before Irish Water was an apple in Phil Hogan’s eye, it has struggled to keep itself out of hot water and barely a week has passed since the beg(...)

Reports of turmoil and rebellion within the Oireachtas banking inquiry and predictions of its imminent collapse were exaggerated. They reflected perso(...)

Patrick O’Donoghue in the RTÉ series The Gleneagle. Photograph: RTÉ

In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart’s Rick famously complains: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” And of all t(...)

Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Conor McCabe/Jason Clarke Photography

David Drumm has led the Irish authorities a merry dance since moving to the United States in mid 2009, avoiding their attempts to question him in conn(...)

Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in which he outlined his reasons for appointing a non-Irish speaker to the post of Minister of State for Gae(...)

Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael remains the most popular political party in the State according to the latest Red C/Sunday Business Post opinion poll. Coalition partners Labour saw its support rise one point to 8 per cent. Photograph: Collins

Fine Gael’s popularity has declined by three points in a new opinion poll but it remains the most popular political party in the State. As the Oireach(...)

‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry 1:56

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)