Former tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former tánaiste Joan Burton has called for the abortion referendum to take place before the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next year. She said the(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he did not think the treatment of Ms Burton and her assistant Karen O’Connell was ‘in any way acceptable’. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The representative body for rank and file gardaí has rejected allegations that members attempted to “stitch up” the Jobstown protesters who were acqui(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald

The Government’s summer economic statement will be published “in the coming weeks’’, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said. Ms Fitzgerald told the Dá(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has rejected as ‘quite simply untrue’ claims by Solidarity TD Mick Barry that the Government had an agenda in the Jobstown trial. Photograph: Collins Photos

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has described as “quite simply untrue” claims by Solidarity TD Mick Barry that the Government had an agenda in the Jobstow(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: I intend to recruit a number of special advisers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been planning his ascent to the top of the political mountain for a long time. Now that he has reached the summit, it was (...)

“If you were to be asked to come up with a way not to design a piece of legislation, this would be it.” Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

The ideal judge is smart and self-possessed yet humble and acutely aware of his or her limitations. She has experience of life and the law but brims w(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described as devoid of common sensea decision to separate an elderly couple who sought nursing home care together. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described as “devoid of common sense and humanity” a decision to separate an elderly couple who sought nursing home care to(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin: claimed the Government  “is giving away the people’s investment at less than what it is worth. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government was accused of selling its AIB shares “on the cheap for no great benefit” with a potential loss in sale value of €500 million. Labour (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he was precluded as a member of the Government from discussing who was in the Cabinet room or who said what. Photograph: PA

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he could not discuss who was in the Cabinet room when the appointment of Maire Whelan to the Court of Appea(...)

Mary Mitchell O’ Connor: legislation would be required if she was to accept the pay increase for her appointment as a super junior Minister by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Mitchell O’Connor may be forced to forego a pay increase to keep her role as a super junior Minister. Ms O’Connor was appointed a Minister of St(...)