Joan  Burton said the Coalition was building the economic recovery and with it new jobs and opportunities for people.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the Labour Party leader helped negotiate the programme for Government.  File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of being the “architect of austerity” at a gathering on Saturday. Mr Adams s(...)

 John Wilson: said prohibition never worked. File Photograph: Courts Collins

Garda whistleblower John Wilson has called for a “rational, mature” debate on legalising cannabis in Ireland, given its widespread use.“If the psychoa(...)

Peter Robinson addressed a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday in what the Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey described as a “historic” visit.Above,Peter Robinson  with Bishop Noel Treanor in the Great Hall at Stormont, Belfast..  Photo: Jonathan Porter

First Minister Peter Robinson addressed a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday in what the Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey described as a “historic” (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar speaking at the Fine Gael party conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A Sinn Féin-led government would involve a rule of fear, the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. He said in a Sinn Féin administration there wo(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: ‘We did it in a very different way from the Greeks . . . But we got spectacular success.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As the pre-election demands from Syriza ran into European realpolitik in recent weeks, those in the Coalition have exuded a degree of satisfaction.(...)

The threat from dissident republicans remains severe in Northern Ireland but moderate in Britain, the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has informed Westminster. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

The threat from dissident republicans remains severe in Northern Ireland but moderate in Britain, the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has informed(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the sight of him smirking and whispering to Frances Fitzgerald while the Opposition were asking serious questions deeply irritated them. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s rather dispassionate approach is driving the Opposition mad. Dr Leo often sounds like those GPs who, having listened to a patient’s com(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Our economy is growing; our public finances are under control. Jobs are being created.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has held the door open to a Fine Gael-Labour Coalition backed by Independents if the result of the next election i(...)

Alan Kelly: “There are a certain amount of people who believe in not making a contribution to society but allow for taxpayers to fund this indulgence.”

Sinn Féin and anti-austerity movements on the “hard left” contain some who are politically active yet do not work or make a contribution to society, (...)