Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid: at the end of the second Vatican Council, he said: “You may have been worried by talk of changes to come. Allow me to reassure you: no change will worry the tranquillity of your Christian lives.”

The second Vatican Council closed 50 years ago this year, having begun in October 1962. One of the major changes it ushered in was the saying of the M(...)

Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs: the new party’s watchwords are reform and change, but it needs to attract ideas and personalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Those who believe the new political party that will be formed in early March will be a Lucinda Creighton vehicle have not taken account of the Hobbsia(...)

‘One of the most compelling arguments for retaining Seanad Éireann is its potential to offer a political platform to those parts of Irish society under-represented in Dáil Éireann.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Twenty years ago, Fine Gael and Labour committed to a programme for Government promising emigrant representation in Seanad Éireann. The aim was con(...)

Colm O Gorman, Mary Murphy, Tom Arnold  and Michael Mc Dowell at the Convention on the Constitution in February 2014. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Only two of 18 recommendations for constitutional change made by the Convention on the Constitution are to be put to referendum. The Government(...)

Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda and Joan invited a few people around yesterday afternoon to see in the new political year. There was a good turnout for their press conference in(...)

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(...)