Counting begins on Saturday in the referendum on same-sex marriage and the age of eligibility for presidential candidates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Counting begins this morning in the referendums on same-sex marriage and the age eligibility for presidential candidates. If the sames-sex referendum (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ni Bhroan with their twin five-year-old children, Tess and Rosa, after voting in Monkstown polling station, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners for same-sex marriage believe the referendum will be carried on the back of high turnouts in urban centres and massive engagement by yo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney this morning. Photograph: Dave Meehan 3:03

Legislation to regulate the area of surrogacy will not be dealt with by the next general election, the Taoiseach has said. Enda Kenny said the issue o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney met with members of Fine Gael LGBT this morning as they canvassed for a Yes vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Fine Gael’s director of elections for the same-sex marriage referendum Simon Coveney says he’s hoping for a “happy ending” to the campaign but has war(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: ‘Ninety-five per cent of the migrants have been settled in five states. We believe that is unfair. We will live up to our responsibilities.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Union is to launch a military operation to destroy boats used by human traffickers smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean in the st(...)

Minister Simon Coveney said it was also inhumane that they had to slaughter cattle because they had TB “when we know that we can get the incidence of TB down”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Questions are being raised about whether deer spread tuberculosis (TB) in cattle following a study which showed that badgers – traditionally blamed(...)

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney paid tribute to the Naval Service for its professionalism in preparing the LE Eithne for such a major humanitarian mission in just five days. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence that the LE Eithne will play an important role when it joins the European effort to rescue the thousands(...)

Fine Gael candidate David Fitzgerald canvassing for the votes of Tom O’Shea, David Gordon, and Lar Hally. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons 9:08

The hurling metaphors alone on the Kilkenny canvass leave the outsider in need of a lie-down. “Nine minutes to go, a point behind but we have the goal(...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)