Mary Mitchell O’Connor receiving her seal of office from  President Michael D Higgins. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks on. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will not support legislation to create a third super junior role for Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Ms O’Connor was appointed as a Minister of S(...)

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reshuffled his Cabinet.

Contrary to much of the disappointed media commentary, Leo Varadkar managed to pull off a fairly dramatic Cabinet reshuffle. If anything, he may have (...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry said of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “On the basis of ... two discussions I had with him, I am very happy to support him as Taoiseach and to continue to support this Government, particularly on budgetary matters.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD Michael Lowry has said he had “two discussions’’ with Leo Varadkar before deciding to vote for him as Taoiseach. He told the Dáil on (...)

Leo Varadkar with current Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Nothing demonstrates the gap between the political bubble around Leinster House and the public at large more than when a cabinet reshuffle looms. Tho(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will leave the office with State’s economy in much better shape than when he took over. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

When Michael Noonan took over as Minister for Finance in March 2011, the economy was on the floor, public debt and borrowing were dangerously high and(...)

Micheál Martin: “Since the peace process we lost a lot of corporate intelligence”

Ireland needs to recreate the security and intelligence capacity it had during the Troubles to deal with the current threat posed by Islamist terroris(...)

“Treated like human trash”: Geoffrey Shannon with Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Det Supt Declan Daly at the publication of his audit on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill “Treated like human trash”: Geoffrey Shannon with Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Det Supt Declan Daly at the publication of his audit on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was upset by the failings in the State’s child-protection system revealed by Prof Geoffrey Shannon’s audit of cases where(...)

Michael Noonan is expected to push the button on the AIB sale as early as this week. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Labour party leader Brendan Howlin is calling on the Government to postpone the sale of a stake in AIB until European rules can be amended so that the(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been the subject of a series of controversies. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

A clear majority of voters believe the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan should resign, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said “nothing is off the table” in relation to the  future of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A second Cabinet Minister has expressed a lack of confidence in the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). Minister for Health Simo(...)