East Derry MP Gregory Campbell said Sinn Féin’s “dream of a 2016 united Ireland is now nothing short of an embarrassment”. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

The East Derry MP Gregory Campbell who recently lampooned the Irish language in the Northern Assembly with his “curry my yogurt, a can coca coalyer” c(...)

That looming election

The Government has one budget left before it faces the electorate. On the basis of recent election results and current polls, the parties stand little(...)

A new poll sees support for Fine Gael fall to 22 per cent . Above, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Children James Reilly pictured at an event last week. Photograph: Collins

Support for Fine Gael has fallen to 22 per cent, a decline of 4 percentage points, according to a new opinion poll by Red C. The poll, commissioned by(...)

Pádraic Ó Conaire: a complex, subtle and far from crudely heroic response to 1916

If anyone was to produce a propagandistic fictional account of the effects of the 1916 Rising, Pádraic Ó Conaire might have seemed a likely candidate.(...)

Teresa O’Flanagan taking part in a anti-water charge protest march at Jobstown, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kids’ face-painting, live music and free soft drinks were among the attractions at an anti-water charges protest in Jobstown, west Dublin today.Organi(...)

Gerry Adams said the protests over water charges reflected a wider desire for change after six years of austerity. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has compared the anti-water charge protests in the Republic to the civil rights marches in the North. He said the Governm(...)

Peter Robinson has urged DUP activists to fight for every vote in the election. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson has expressed the hope that Northern Ireland soon will be able to set its own corporation tax rate, while al(...)

 Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After the opening credits of his TV3 programme on Wednesday night, Vincent Browne took a swing at the Government at the end of one of the more chaste(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party’s annual conference that as many as 12 Unionist MPs could return to Westminster in May’s general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionism could increase its representation from nine to 12 seats in next May’s Westminster general election, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has tol(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton wants less politicians and civil servants operating at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton has proposed a “national reform plan for Northern Ireland” that would see a reduction in both the number of(...)