The Independent Alliance’s John Halligan  and Shane Ross at Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Speaking about the recent free vote for independents on Mick Wallace’s abortion bill, Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said Shane Ross is being “opportunistic” a(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: did not give  personal view on establishment of  education ombudsman as ‘views are only in development’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he does not want to give a personal view on the establishment of an education ombudsman as “my views a(...)

By appointing 18 junior ministers, Enda Kenny has stretched the toleration point to its limits, and possibly beyond. All the more so because 15 of the Ministers of State are from his own party, Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As Taoiseach Enda Kenny reeled off the list of new Ministers of State in the Dáil on Thursday evening, it wasn’t the individual names that commanded m(...)

Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will need one essential piece of kit with him when making his final decisions on who he will appoint as Ministers of State. And t(...)

New chief whip Regina Doherty speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s Oireachtas Reform Programme at the Dáil last March, with party members Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Eoghan Murphy  and David Stanton. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 10 of the ministers of State to be named in coming days will not have held office before. The Cabinet is expected to approve the full comp(...)

Sean Hurley was buried along with 20 other casualties of the Easter Rising in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Much of the current debate about the necessity of the 1916 Easter Rising is speculation which fails to take account of the motivation of those involve(...)

Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is favourite to be appointed tánaiste by Enda Kenny if a Fine Gael-led minority government is put in place. M(...)

  Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Norwegian Air Shuttle: US authorities have delayed granting the airline a licence, for two years, as unions and politicians there fear that it will hire Asian crews, so it can pay them far less than American and European staff

Both Norwegian Air International and the aviation regulator have confirmed the airline has guaranteed not to hire crew on cut-price contracts to man (...)

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly at Leinster House

Former primary school principal Jim Daly did something unusual for someone of his profession seeking a Dáil seat. The Clonakilty man (43) resigned his(...)