Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: Was asked by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw comments that Mr Martin said questioned Fianna Fáil’s “motivation”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is facing the prospect of the main Opposition parties expressing no confidence in him after he suggested Fianna Fáil and (...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry wrote the words “not bad looking” on a note referring to his former public relations adviser Valerie O’Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

    Neither the content nor the tone of the lobbying note that Independent TD Michael Lowry passed to the Taoiseach will have sur(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted that any Government decision in relation to the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG will be in the “national interest”.. Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted that any Government decision in relation to the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG will be in the “national in(...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton said difficulties were caused when Heathrow’s Shannon slots were transferred to Belfast.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said “the clock hasn’t started ticking yet” on International Airlines Group’s bid for Aer Lingus. Fine Gael and Labour(...)

The Opposition staged a Dáil walkout yesterday after Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett ruled there would be no debate because of a connected legal action being taken by former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times 3:12

The “unique position” of the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett must be respected, Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said. Her comments com(...)

“If our parliamentary party is anything to go by there’s more chance of Aer Lingus being renationalised than the Government selling its share,” said one Labour source. File photograph:  Artur Widak/PA Wire

The Coalition is hardening its stance against the sale of the State shareholding in Aer Lingus after Labour and Fine Gael TDs expressed concerns about(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: takeover bid was “no coincidence”.  Photograph: David Sleator

The State’s 25.1 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus cannot currently guarantee the retention of the airline’s Heathrow airport slots, Minister for Tr(...)

The fear is IAG will take Aer Lingus slots  and hand them to one of its other subsidiaries. Photograph: Reuters

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) could be forgiven for thinking that Irish people have something of an obsession with Heathrow Airport.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton: The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 in its upcoming spring economic statement. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 - the same year it hopes to achieve full employment - in its upcoming spring ec(...)

The Labour Party has said that no disciplinary action will be taken against Wicklow TD Anne Ferris after she abstained in the Dáil vote last night on the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Labour Party has said no disciplinary action will be taken against Wicklow TD Anne Ferris after she abstained in a Dáil vote on the establishmen(...)