Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who accused the SNP leader of “trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes” on independence. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

In 1995, the Labour Party’s then shadow secretary of state for Scotland, George Robertson, said that “devolution will kill nationalism stone dead”. F(...)

Some 200 employees of the Schuler Pressen GmbH gather for a warning strike rally in front of the entrance to the company’s plant in Erfurt, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

In the face of the recent escalation of the Luas dispute and the impending possibility of a strike wave across the public sector, I’m often asked by s(...)

A spokesman for Irish Water said the company was likely to become more reliant on the exchequer

Irish Water will become increasingly dependent on State funding in the coming months when income from domestic water charges ceases, as called for und(...)

A file image of former Green Party TD Dan Boyle  who is hoping the Welsh Green Party can secure seats this week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Green Party TD Dan Boyle hopes the Welsh Green Party can win seats in the Welsh Assembly elections which take place on Thursday. Mr Boyle, a G(...)

Canine therapy has been used in colleges in recent years to help calm stressed-out students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Playing with puppies. Free yoga classes. Social media “holidays”. Mindfulness tips. These are just some of the ways colleges and universities are try(...)

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who faces calls for expulsion from the Britrish Labour party. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The recent calls to expel former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the British Labour Party have created a worrying alliance between those who use acc(...)

 Independent TD John Halligan at Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TDs indicated they will not allow differences over localised issues to derail agreement with Fine Gael over their participation in a minor(...)

Mr Inappropriate. Photograph: Thinkstock

When God rested and made men, she must never have envisaged something called dress-down Friday. Because if she had, she would never have made men lik(...)

   James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

 Credit must go to Enda Kenny who will have confounded his many critics one more time if he manages to be elected Taoiseach for a second term. Since the election setback he has displayed resilience and patience in the face of political misfortune and it looks as if that is going to be rewarded. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

After more than nine weeks of political gamesmanship, interspersed with serious negotiations, it looks as if the experiment in “new politics” is final(...)