Crowds react in the courtyard at Dublin Castle the Yes vote in the referendum on same-sex marrage. An ally of chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out allowing Germany to follow the Irish example on marriage equality, saying “marriage is ... the union of man and woman”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A close ally of chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out allowing Germany to follow the Irish example on marriage equality, saying “marriage is ... the (...)

A gay couple attend a street demonstration in Berlin. Photograph: Snapshot Photography/Ullstein/Getty Images

A ghost is haunting Germany: the ghost of Catholic Ireland. Four days after Irish voters backed marriage equality, politicians of all persuasions here(...)

Friday’s vote, and Saturday’s result, generated huge interest in Germany – topping the main evening news and shattering many dearly-held if dusty cliches about the “grüne Insel” or green isle.

Germany’s opposition parties have demanded that Berlin’s grand coalition follow Ireland’s example and legalise same-sex marriage.Friday’s vote, and Sa(...)

File photograph of Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny has been called to give evidence at the banking inquiry, along with Tánaiste Joan Burton. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan are among 12 people sent letters today by the Oireachtas banking in(...)

Former head of Irish Nationwide Michael Fingleton (left) and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are to be called as witnesses at the Banking Inquiry.

It has taken almost seven years but the Irish public could finally get to hear from former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton about th(...)

As the economy recovers, public satisfaction with the Government has risen to its highest point in four years and the pattern is most pronounced among(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: under pressure to deliver badly-needed victory in Carlow-Kilkenny Dáil byelection. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 9:08

Fianna Fáil needs to win the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection to secure a much-needed boost for the party and its leader, Micheál Martin.Victory would copp(...)

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Mr Ryan has criticised the ESB following the news that it is to retain two major turf-fired power plants after 2019, despite expectations that the plants would close during that year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The ESB is planning to retain its two major turf-fired electricity generation plants in the midlands after 2019, despite expectations that they would (...)

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty speaks following  his re-election in West Tyrone. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There were no surprises in the West Tyrone constituency during the Northern Ireland election, where incumbent MP Pat Doherty of Sinn Féin was returned(...)

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Seats filled: 18         DUP 8. Sinn Fein 4. SDLP 3. UUP 2. Ind 1 FERMANAGH and SOUTH TYRONE (...)