Taoiseach Enda Kenny  signs a book of condolence which was opened in memory of the victims of the Carrickmines fire in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led the expressions of sympathy in the Dáil for those who died in the Carrickmines and Louth tragedies at the weekend. Mr Ken(...)

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane and party leader Gerry Adams paid tribute to the slain Garda. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams paying tribute to Garda Tony Golden in Belfast told of how he recently had to call to one of the party’s Assembly members(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny sees “no reason” to change his  mind on spring election date. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has caused surprise among his Fine Gael colleagues after stating it is his intention to hold an election in spring 2016. After si(...)

 Emergency services at the scene of the fire at a halting site in Carrickmines, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

President Michael D. Higgins has expressed his shock and sadness at the deaths of ten people including a six-month-old baby at a halting site in south(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big pa(...)

Martin McGuinness with masked IRA men at the funeral of Brendan Burns in 1988. File photograph: Pacemaker 1:34

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, has refused to say how many people he may have killed while a senior figure in the republica(...)

Pearse Doherty: “We will stop water charges and abolish the family home tax.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has claimed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is trying to distract politicians and media by toying with the idea of a November election. The party (...)

Joan believes Enda is referring to the date of the general election. But then again, Joan is a martyr to the prolixity. It’s no surprise that these discussions go on for some time.  Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Joan Burton had a long conversation with Enda Kenny. “Next year,” said the Taoiseach as they parted. It seems they’ve had quite a few of these long ch(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was convinced other buildings throughout the country were in a similar condition to the Longboat Quay development. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was convinced other buildings throughout the country were in a similar condition to the Dublin apartment complex found to(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  with Mairia Cahill, the party’s nominee for the Seanad by-election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mairia Cahill has insisted she has no issue with Sinn Féin proposing a candidate to contest her in the Seanad by-election. Ms Cahill was unveiled as t(...)