The Scottish referendum result has “neatly set the scene” for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Scottish referendum result has set the scene for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threate(...)

The chief counting officer for the Scotish referendum Mary Pitcaithly poses for photographs after announcing the final results of the Scottish vote for independence, in Edinburgh, Scotland today. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the decisive result in the Scottish referendum and said pledges by Westminister for greater devolution to Scotland w(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  said the annual Mabs  report showed  the average disposable income of people using their services was €8.75 a week after all bills were paid. She asked the Tánaiste: “How do you expect or recommend to these families that they pay €500 a year or more for their water. What household essentials do you advise them to cut back on?”

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted the Government will assist those on low incomes with water charges.She rejected claims by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál(...)

Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

That theological construct, “mental reservation”, is alive and well in politics. When commitments are given, they are generally time-constrained. So, (...)

Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness:  said he would support reducing the number of MLAs  from 108 to 90 by moving from 18 six-seat to 18 five-seat constituencies. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

First Minister Peter Robinson has “very much” welcomed proposals by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness that the size of the Assembly and Norther(...)

Brian Hayes MEP: met EU financial services commissioner Jonathan Hill this week in Strasbourg to set out the Republic’s position on the EU money market funds plan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government is pushing for a rethink of a European Commission plan to impose capital buffers on money market funds. It believes that the move coul(...)

The byelections to replace two TDs who have been elected to the European parliament, will take place on Friday, October 10th, Taoiseach Enda Kenny h(...)

Taxpayers may end up footing the bill for third-party claims related to the collapse of Setanta Insurance.The Maltese-registered insurer went into liq(...)

Elaine Keogh Louth Fianna Fail deputy and former Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk will not contest the next general election. His decision, which was made(...)