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(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

 Pearse Doherty today accused the media of failing to hold those in power to account and told delegates at the MacGill  summer School that   Ireland was unique in not having any left-wing media.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil-style cronyism “is as prevalent as ever within the current Government” and there is no prospect of either a radical vision or a shift of f(...)

Angela Kerins (right), former Rehab Group chief: The PAC, her counsel said, had “acted beyond its remit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Three large cardboard boxes filled with ring-binders were wheeled into court number nine of the High Court at 2pm yesterday. Through the handle of the(...)

Former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery has sharply criticised the party’s local election campaign as “one of the worst” he has ever seen.  File Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery has sharply criticised the party’s local election campaign as “one of the worst” (...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

Campaigning outside the Dáil: but what does the poster mean? Photograph: Collins

According to an old joke circulating in the Department of Foreign Affairs, if somebody spoke French well they were sure to be posted to China, while C(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson speaks to the media outside the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, following the publishing of the Hallet review into controversial amnesties for on-the-run prisoners from Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Lady Justice Hallett’s report can’t have made easy reading for First Minister Peter Robinson and all the other unionist politicians who insisted they (...)