The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politician who dominated politics in North Cork for over a quarter of a century. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politicia(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys:  appointed two Fine Gael members, John McNulty and Sheila O’Regan, to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New guidelines on appointments to State boards published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will ensure that Government departments do(...)

Former minister for agriculture Joe Walsh. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The death has occurred of former Fianna Fáil minister for agriculture Joe Walsh. Mr Walsh (71), who stepped down from the Dáil at the 2007 general el(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: said that Irish Water was  necessary as an infrastructural  utility. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he would not rule out holding a referendum to ensure Irish Water stays in public ownership.He was sp(...)

Dr Sean Barrett said a report in 2010 found that only 39 of the Department of Finance’s 542 staff were economists trained to a masters level or higher - less than 10 per cent of the department’s total staff.

The lack of obvious economic expertise within the Irish banking sector increases the likelihood that Ireland could see a repeat of the property bubble(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Constitution stipulated that members of the Seanad were elected by secret postal ballot, which could not be changed without a further constitutional referendum.

The Seanad was “elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable as an institution of the State”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Dáil.He said the Seanad (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  urged TDs and Senators to focus on the economy and to “move on” from recent events .   Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has moved to defuse the controversy within Fine Gael over Mr McNulty and the Seanad byelection by urging TDs and S(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on his way to  the  launch of Dr TK Whitaker: A Portrait of a Patriot in Dublin last evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:24

The withdrawal of Fine Gael’s candidate John McNulty from the Seanad byelection campaign has raised new questions about Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s politi(...)

The Taoiseach ‘has treated the Imma board, the entire arts community and the members and staff of Seanad Éireann with total disdain’, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has still not answered “key questions” relating to the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has declined to say how she came to nominate a Co Donegal Fine Gael member to the board of the Irish Museum of (...)