Joe Higgins, with Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Richard Boyd Barrett during the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit press conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:22

A merger between two similar left-wing groups may seem like a modest political step, but it was the result of many months of tortuous discussions abou(...)

Harmony:  Taoiseach  Enda Kenny  with Tanaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton yesterday. Photograph

The political tableau suggested ease and harmony. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton sat side by side on the stage in the sumptuous surroun(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny who discussed the timing of the general election with  Tánaiste Joan Burton on Thursday. Photograph: Collins 1:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny again on Thursday declined to shut down growing speculation that he will opt to hold the general election in November. Speaking (...)

 Thomas Flynn, Moatview Avenue, Coolock was jailed for 12 years with three suspended at Clonmel Circuit court as he was one of seven men who broke into the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran at Burnchurch, near Killenaul in November 2013. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The harrowing testimony of the Corcoran family about their ordeal at the hands of a gang of seven Dublin criminals has given fresh impetus to the long(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he does not envy the choice Enda Kenny has to make in choosing the timing of the general election. Mr Ahern sa(...)

Joan believes Enda is referring to the date of the general election. But then again, Joan is a martyr to the prolixity. It’s no surprise that these discussions go on for some time.  Photograph:

Joan Burton had a long conversation with Enda Kenny. “Next year,” said the Taoiseach as they parted. It seems they’ve had quite a few of these long ch(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick (pictured with party leader Micheál Martin) was also selected last year to run for Fianna Fáil in the European Parliament election.

Mary Fitzpatrick has been selected unopposed as Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin Central for the general election. Her name was the only name that we(...)

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Economic Management Council - made up of herself as Tánaiste, the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform - would meet on Wednesday night to discuss Budget 2016. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government will meet on Thursday to finalise the details of next week’s Budget. The Cabinet will hold a meeting at 8am to put the finishing touche(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  with Mairia Cahill, the party’s nominee for the Seanad by-election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mairia Cahill has insisted she has no issue with Sinn Féin proposing a candidate to contest her in the Seanad by-election. Ms Cahill was unveiled as t(...)

Siptu’s education sector had proposed that the union should disaffiliate from the Labour Party and instead establish a relationship with community groups and parties of the left.

A bid to have the country’s largest trade union sever its links with the Labour Party has failed. At Siptu’s biennial delegate conference in Cork on W(...)