Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris said the Government has to rebuild trust with voters. Photograph:  Collins

A Government Minister has said the Coalition “missed a beat” when it came to water charges and called for a broader vision from Fine Gael and Labour i(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

After 11 weeks of talks and 26 hours of continuous negotiations from Monday into the eve of Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the (...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney said  the Government had agreed to increase its support for the Cork event centre from €10 million to €12 million. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

BARRY ROCHE Cork City Council is to increase financial support for a €50 millon event centre to be built on the former brewery site by Heineken Irelan(...)

Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An acquaintance burrowed into the GAA deeper than an All-Ireland winning tick assures me a prominent player will soon be revealed as a Dail election c(...)

Gerard (Ged) Nash of the Labour Party: ‘It is up to us to make sure that people can start to feel the real benefits of economic recovery.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next 12 months will be the year of the pay increase, the Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash has said. He said 2015 wou(...)

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton: her efforts with Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice and others to bring together groups of like-minded individuals on the centre-right  have been echoed by People Before Profit, the Socialist Party and the Anti-Austerity Alliance. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

A surge in opinion poll support for Independent TDs and Others, making this the largest catch-all grouping in the Dáil, has opened up the prospect of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton during the announcement of Budget 2015: Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show Fine Gael and Labour struggling for support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show the Government parties struggling for support. The findings will be of particular concern to the Lab(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of continually evading meetings to resolve their ongoing dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of continually evading meetings aimed at resolving their ongoing dispute.Respond(...)

Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)