Palestinians ride a donkey cart as smoke rises from Gaza’s main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip, today. (Photograph: Reuters)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has been urged by a local authority to summon the Israeli ambassador to Iveagh House to convey the outr(...)

Oswald Bradley was trying to swim out to a small island to remove two Irish tricolours that had been hung from trees.

A drowning tragedy in a lake at the centre of a flags dispute in Northern Ireland highlights the need to finally deal with the issue at Stormont, an A(...)

Supt Bob Noonan addressing the 700+ crowd at the anti drug and the anti social behavior meeting in Colaiste Phobal, Roscrea last night. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22.

More than 1,000 people attended a heated public meeting in Roscrea tonight to highlight their concerns over the “scourge of drugs” that has hit the(...)

Kathleen Lynch: said politicians ‘cannot be expected to carry the argument on their own’ when it comes to the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners for equal marriage rights in the forthcoming referendum should not rely solely on political parties, but should mobilise other groups in (...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan and Frank Flannery   at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.  Flanery warned that Fine Gael Ministers Ministers tend to be  captured by the civil service and become more and more detached from the public the longer they remain in office.  (North West Newspix)

The message emanating from the last Cabinet meeting before the summer break on Wednesday was clear: as far as the Coalition is concerned the era of(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

Alan Dukes said the differency between the EU and other countries on the financial crisis had been the ‘tardiness of the response’.

The Dáil has said nothing about the “barbarities” being perpetrated on the people of Gaza from two sides, apart from “one opportunistic and shambolic (...)

Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Politicians should have enough trust in voters to turn down demands for projects such as schools rather than giving in to every request, Minister for (...)

Micheál Martin said he had a huge issue with some in Sinn Féin calling those who took part in the Boston College oral history project “touts and informers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will not go into Government with Sinn Féin, while Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he “cann(...)