Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP moved closer to re-establishing the Northern Executive on Wednesday night, after pressure from the Irish and British government(...)

A Union Jack and an EU flag fly outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Commission will place the responsibility for avoiding a hard Border squarely on the shoulders of the UK when it publishes a long-awaited (...)

Martti Ahtisaari delivering the Iveagh House lecture at the Department of Foreign Affairs in   Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Growing isolationism in the US has left Europe a responsibility to assume a greater role on the world stage, former Finnish president and internationa(...)

Barry Cowen said the Government’s mantra was: “Oh, it’s all your fault and what we’ve inherited and what we did and what we did not do.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

For Fianna Fáil, the memory of the property crash could still be a problem when it comes to credibility on dealing with the housing crisis. That much(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. It is understood that the package of policy measures will include the review of the Government’s housing plan, Rebuilding Ireland. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

The Government is promising a package of measures in the coming weeks as it seeks to intensify its efforts to deal with the housing crisis. However,(...)

“Events on Monday sharply illustrated how the housing and health issues have elbowed their way into the front of the Government’s agenda.” File photograph: Getty Images

Fine Gael Ministers gather in Government Buildings on Tuesday for discussions on the forthcoming term with political storm clouds gathering in health (...)

Bank of Ireland said 99 per cent of customers never used the Irish-language facility. Photograph: Getty Images

Myles na gCopaleen’s views on the Irish language and the movement for its revival were famously complex, with affection for the former tempered by a k(...)

Irish ministers can speak Irish and have it translated at European meetings, but only with prior notice and in practice, few ever speak Irish. The Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada (above) has made a number of speeches in the European Parliament in Irish. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The cost of translating European Parliament documents into Irish is almost twice the average rate for all languages, the parliament has confirmed as i(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe with his Public Services Card, at D’Olier House, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

From e-voting to water charges, there have been plenty of examples of governments getting into hot water over a “sensible” plan that emanated from the(...)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  on Monday proposed the abolishment of the US special envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Theiler

The US Secretary of State has proposed abolishing the position of US special envoy to Northern Ireland, part of a worldwide plan which will see more t(...)