Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan speaking on Monday following the retirement of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

During the summer a senior Government TD made an appearance on a national radio show in the midst of another week of controversy surrounding An Garda (...)

 ‘Class and ideology have clearly always been central to Irish housing policy.’ Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

On April 29th, 1949, Timothy Murphy, the Labour Party minister for local government, died suddenly while he was addressing an interparty meeting in Fe(...)

The fiscal space is this big: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former CNN presenter Gina London and former deputy first minister Mark Durkan at the Kennedy Summer School. Photograph: Mary Browne

The new political season is upon us. It landed with the last of the summer schools and the autumn sound of calls for the Garda Commissioner to resign.(...)

An Taoiseach Leo De Varad being awarded his certificate by An Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill. Photograph: Gaelchultúr

An Taoiseach Leo De Varad has joined what is presumably a very short list of international heads of legislature awarded a certificate to prove fluency(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will seek to introduce changes to Fine Gael’s rules at the party’s national conference in November.

Fine Gael is still basking from the glory of its new leader Leo Varadkar, but there is a growing sense that the Taoiseach is failing to capit(...)

Ibrahim Halawa’s sister  Somaia at a press conference in Buswells Hotel, Dublin, August 31st, 2017, calling for action on his case. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government must initiate legal proceedings against Egypt if Ibrahim Halawa is not released on September 18th next, his family say. Describing hi(...)

The LÉ Aisling taking part in a Tall Ships flotilla off Dún Laoghaire

An Australian company has drawn up designs to convert the State’s former Naval Service patrol ship Aisling into a luxury “superyacht”. The proposed r(...)

 Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Nosayba, Somaia, Omaima, Fatima and Khadija with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin on August 17th to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson

The family of Ibrahim Halawa have expressed concern over the latest delay in concluding the trial of the young Irish man and the effects this is havin(...)

President Michael D Higgins:  it’s hard to think of someone more suited to serve the next seven years, as the State celebrates the centenary of the War of Independence and the Civil War.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Political leaders opening the way for President Michael D Higgins to seek a second term without election risk diminishing the relevance of the office (...)

President Michael D Higgins. His election to a second term or replacement by a rival will exert influence on when the next general election will be held. Photograph: Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Politicians and their strategists traditionally spend late August and early September brushing up on their election preparations and recalibrating the(...)