Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has accused Sinn Féin of using him as a “pawn to deflect attention” from their own political difficulties, such as the Ma(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: talks at a “crunch point”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

The North’s five main parties have asked British prime minister David Cameron for a £2 billion (€2.55 billion) financial package over 10 years to pers(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “substantial progress” was made in Northern Ireland talks over the last 24 hours. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Downing Street is now considering an agreed financial paper that could have the potential to end the impasse that is preventing a pre-Christmas agreem(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

Despite months of negative publicity about Ed Miliband’s leadership, Labour has a better chance of forming a coalition.   Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Politics in Britain is now all about next May’s election and nothing else.Politicians left the houses of parliament in Westminster last evening to the(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton says the Government has been working through a menu of the very important proposals brought forward by the convention. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton refused to be drawn on the Government extending the vote to Irish emigrants in presidential elections.She was replying to Sinn F(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)