Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the employment of teachers was a matter for school management authorities. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Figures showing over 500 retired teachers were employed during the last school year have prompted fresh calls for newly-qualified graduates to be prio(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen: Expected to attend the banking inquiry during the summer and has been asked to attend the meetings over two days. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen will be called to give evidence at four sittings of the banking inquiry. The inquiry wants to hear from the former Fia(...)

Members of the Cobh re-enactment group at the Pageant on Blind Strand, west Cork, before the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat crewmembers re-enacted the trip from Barry Point to the sunken Lusitania 100 years ago. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“Torpedo coming on the starboard side!” – the warning on board the ill-fated RMS Lusitania echoed down the decades yesterday as the response of one Co(...)

A dispute between Anglo Irish Bank and the Quinn family over loans totalling €2.4 billion is likely to end in court rather than being resolved by negotiation, according to Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris.

A dispute between Anglo Irish Bank and the Quinn family over loans totalling €2.4 billion is likely to end in court rather than being resolved by nego(...)

The family of the late Brian Lenihan has strongly criticised Jean Claude Trichet for comments he made about the former Minister for Finance. Mary O’Rourke (above) said she believed Mr Lenihan’s version of events over that of the former European Central Bank President.

The family of the late Brian Lenihan has strongly criticised Jean Claude Trichet for comments he made about the former Minister for Finance.Mary O’Rou(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

Ciarán Lynch (left) and Pearse Doherty asking questions of Jean-Claude Trichet, former ECB president, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, has rejected a claim the bank blackmailed Ireland into entering the Troika (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe  has announced an agreement between the Road Safety Authority and the Canadian province of  Manitoba allowing for the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

A second Canadian province has agreed to the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones, according to Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe(...)

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government and Opposition took exception to the line of questioning at a heated Opposition Leaders’ Questions.The chamber came to life, despite the cl(...)

Margaret Gill  at the launch of the Fianna Fáil marriage referendum campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Middle-aged and elderly voters have been urged by Fianna Fail to take the “brave step, the tolerant step” and vote Yes in the same-sex marriage refere(...)