‘The quota will rise to 40 per cent seven years after the upcoming general election.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I was taken aback by the sheer number of accomplished and inspiring women gathered in the one place. Perhaps others who attended the Beijing20 confere(...)

Geoffrey O’Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada If I go by all the news coming from the Government on the growth of the economy, I would say, yes, ther(...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: said rumours of his resignation were ‘nonsense’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has insisted he will not stand down from the position before the general election. He was speaking following renew(...)

Patrick McKee canvassing in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost €30,000 was spent by Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland party in its first attempt to have a candidate elected to the Dáil in the Carlow-Kilkenn(...)

Gerry Gannon was one of Ireland’s most prominent house builders in the boom years through his company, Gannon Homes. Photograph: PA

Property developer Gerry Gannon has told the Oireachtas banking inquiry that his companies have built 140 family homes in the past 18 months and has (...)

Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher who plans to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination to run in the  new five seat Donegal constituency. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister of state Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher is to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination to contest the general election in Donegal. Mr Gallagher, who(...)

“Fine Gael has always stood for the rule of law, believing that with rights come responsibility - the solemn responsibility of all Irish men and women to respect and adhere to those same laws.” - Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael must never cease in challenging the propaganda that suggests violent protest is virtuous and effective, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzger(...)

‘For the Government, the game is to take hold of the ball and, above all, avoid any more train-wrecks like Irish Water’.

So here is the case for a November election. The budget will be just out, the economy will – most probably – still be on the up, and, crucially, the G(...)

Michael Warren’s sculpture Angel Negro, on show  in the dlr LexIcon  in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A controversial sculpture which occupied a prominent site in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, has been returned to the artist in exchange for an alternativ(...)