Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is likely to reverse the steep increase in stamp duty for non-residential land specifically for a small group of farmers inheriting land from their parents.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is likely to reverse the steep increase in stamp duty for non-residential land for a small group of farmers inher(...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

 President Michael D Higgins pictured with William O’Connell from Macroom, Cork, at the under 40 horse plough competition on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Agency

Hugh Linehan is joined by Harry McGee and Fiach Kelly to discuss everything and anything on the political agenda this week. It includes pre-budget s(...)

Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin with members of the Fianna Fáil  parliamentary party ahead of the party’s think-in  in Longford, on Monday. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party’s September think-ins are a far cry nowadays from the heady days of Inchydoney in west Cork in 2004 or the Ardilau(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s stance on Sinn Féin makes a reversal of the current arrangement with Fine Gael the most likely outcome of the next election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil today feels a strengthening wind behind it. Perhaps not one that will bring it back to the days of yore when its hegemony was un(...)

Tramore-based People Before Profit representative  Una Dunphy: “We are not getting our proper piece of the pie.”   Photograph: Mary Browne

How do you describe Waterford? It’s a summer evening after rain. In the middle of a warren of small streets up a hill stands Walsh Park, Waterford’s(...)

Bin charges: almost all Ireland’s waste is collected by private companies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is a recurring story in Don DeLillo’s masterful novel Underworld about a ship carrying toxic waste. This “ghost ship” sails the world in its des(...)

A lack of ideas on the Government benches is partially to blame for this uninspiring record, says Harry McGee on this week’s Inside Politics podcast. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A grand total of 14 bills have been enacted since January 1st. More pieces of mainly technical legislation are being rushed through as the end of th(...)

Kieran Conway, above, believes Michael Hayes had given the apology in the hope that it would help the relatives of those killed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former IRA member Kieran Conway says he believes the apology offered by Michael Hayes to the relatives of the Birmingham bombing is a “courageous” mov(...)

A spokesman for Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said he had decided to withdraw the Bill, prepare a memo for Government outlining its principles and have the Bill reintroduced as a Government Bill later this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Bill aimed at imposing tougher sentences on repeat sexual offenders has had to be withdrawn because the backbench TD who brought it has since been p(...)