Harlow has become the first town in Britain to officially ban Travellers. The council obtained a temporary court injunction that protects nearly 500 plots of land. Photograph: Eastnews Press Agency

An English local authority has won an unprecedented high court injunction banning three families of Irish Travellers from setting up illegal encampmen(...)

David Begg who has retired as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Begg, who has retired as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), has been a true champion for workers, Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

An Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft, operated by Aer Lingus  , stands on the tarmac at Dublin Airpor. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Trade unions say they remain unconvinced over IAG’s commitment to protect jobs and maintain connectivity at Aer Lingus following talks with group chie(...)

Simon Harris told the Fine Gael national conference: “We’ve fixed the Irish car, we’ve taken it out of the ditch, we’ve put it on the road, Now we’re ready for the next part of the journey. The last thing we can afford is to give the car back to the people who crashed it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the past few weeks we have seen a shrewd and careful attempt by the senior Government party to frame the political context for the next election. H(...)

Ruth Coppinger: she asked would the Tánaiste deal “with the growing problem of the feminisation of poverty”

The ladies have come a long way. Take Joan Burton. You wouldn’t think it to look at her but she’s vicious. The type of character you’d be wary of meet(...)

The transparency of Friends of Sinn Féin’s returns exceeds legal requirements, the party’s national treasurer Jonathan O’Brien has said.

The transparency of Friends of Sinn Féin’s returns exceeds legal requirements, the party’s national treasurer has said.Jonathan O’Brien was responding(...)

Fianna Fail raised $116,500 when Bertie Ahern was leader and taoiseach but the party’s US fundraising efforts petered out thereafter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Declared donations collected in the US by Fianna Fáil over the past three decades amount to a tenth of what Sinn Féin raised from donors in the US du(...)

Look, Ireland! Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan at the launch of the Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy in Government Buildings on Tuesday.

In an historic development for citizens overseas, this week the Government published the first State commissioned plan for diaspora policy. Taoisea(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: Said he has been given assurances that the national economic dialogue will not make any decisions on pay. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators expressed concern at separate private party meetings last night about the effectiveness of existing measures to (...)

Aer Lingus planes at Dublin Airport. Sources say IAG could make further concession on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots in order to break the deadlock over its proposed bid for the State’s stake in the airline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) could make further concessions to the Government on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow access to break the deadlock(...)