President Michael D Higgins: Since the 1980s, the redistributive state has lost support as ever more ground was conceded to an extreme individualism. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has said that there is “no clear evidence” that there is a “major popular demand” for equality or that there is w(...)

Jeremy Corbyn:   Has been slow to react, thus placing himn outside the mainstream of public opinion. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Labour MPs were always likely to be allowed a free vote on air strikes in Syria in view of their deep divisions on the issue of military inte(...)

David Cameron’s insistence on a supermajority in the Commons for UK involvement in airstrikes in Syria reflects not a few canny political calcu(...)

The then Labour leader (L) Eamon Gilmore, (C) Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin during a debate on RTÉ’s Frontline programme ahead of the 2011 general election. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has taken issue with proposals for political debates put forward by some broadcasters for the forthcoming general election campai(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has urged Labour TDs to concentrate on winning their seats in the upcoming general election rather than chasing alleged leaks. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has urged Labour TDs to concentrate on winning their seats in the upcoming general(...)

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has denied he had any part to play in the leaking of the analysis Photograph: Dave Meehan

“A storm in a teacup” - that is the verdict of the deputy leader of the Labour Party Alan Kelly on the leaking of an internal analysis showing (...)

Sinn Féin spokesperson on finance Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tensions within the Oireachtas banking inquiry are growing as the deadline to complete its work nears. Members met yesterday to examine th(...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on military intervention in Syria: “It’s me who decides. I will make up my mind in due course.” Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn has asserted his authority over Labour MPs ahead of a likely vote on military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, declaring tha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government was prepared to send additional Irish troops to Mali to relieve French soldiers who may be sent to fight Islamic State. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

A majority of Irish voters believe the Government should respond positively to the request by France for security assistance after the Paris(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: confirmed Labour was in favour of a new charge for high earners. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour will vow to extend the entitlement to paid parental leave to three months in their general election manifesto. The Irish Times has (...)