James Connolly and the cross that marks the spot in Kilmainham Gaol wher ehe was executed: “For his entire adult life James Connolly’s defining characteristic was his total devotion to the cause of Marxism,” argues Sean O’Callaghan. “Nothing was allowed to get in the way”

I have recently written a book about James Connolly, who was easily the most important political influence on me when I was growing up in Tralee. I(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Cabinet will discuss how to proceed with the commission of inquiry into transactions at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) at its meetin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said while the outcome of the vote by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was expected, industrial action by emergency department nurses would not sort out the challenges being faced. File photograph: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is disappointed at the decision by emergency department nurses to strike from next month. “Strike will not assist a s(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: ‘My successor will face the sometimes ferocious rigour of high office. It is not a task for the faint-hearted. There will be long dark nights but believe me, morning does come.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson has told his party’s annual conference his work is “almost done” and it is now time for “the next generat(...)

IBRC inquiry: The Government has been told that Mr Justice Brian Cregan wants  another judge to assist him. Photograph: The Irish Times

Government officials will meet with Mr Justice Brian Cregan on Friday to discuss his concerns over the commission of inquiry into transactions at the (...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) with Nigel Dodds (left) and Arlene Foste, at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Nigel Dodds The 57-year-old MP for North Belfast is viewed as the most likely successor to Peter Robinson as DUP leader. Born in Derry and educated i(...)

 Peter Robinson, with his wife Iris, after  winning back his East Belfast seat in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

“I’m demob happy,” says Peter Robinson, as he ushers me into his office in Stormont Castle. Three of his Civil Service staff are bantering in his oute(...)

A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Peter Robinson’s decision to stand down as DUP leader and First Minister is a big moment in Northern Ireland politics. It means unionism is losing its(...)

A file image of outgoing DUP  leader Peter Robinson   (right) beside Sinn Féin leader  Gerry Adams.  Mr Adams said Mr Robinson  was a  ‘straightforward politician’. 	Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has paid tribute to Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday that he is to step down.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: sat on his own, shipping dog’s abuse from Micheál Martin and not much better from Gerry Adams during Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Collins

Don’t hold back, Micheál, whatever you do. “You will say anything, Taoiseach, to get elected. You will say anything to cover up something. You will de(...)