The Fianna Fáil leader has  supported his party’s calls to reduce the construction industry Vat rates. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to propose severe sanctions for developers who continuously hoard land at his party’s ard fheis this weekend. In(...)

Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige speaks at a 2004 event in Madrid. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Protesters against the Church of Scientology will demonstrate outside its new base in south Dublin on Saturday. The church has purchased the former (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “He is neither an ideologue nor a risk-taker. He is unapologetically moderate and incremental.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yet again it was a moment on RTÉ’s Prime Time which illustrated the changed political context in which budgets are shaped in the current Dáil. In the (...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board, following a decision by the board’s ch(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party will not enter any arrangement with Sinn Féin, but many of his TDs have said it must be considered in the future. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has criticised Fianna Fáil’s “obsession” with his party, saying Micheál Martin is terrified of the challenge Sinn Féin(...)

This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

The Irish Times has received more nominations than any other newspaper in the shortlist for this year’s national Journalism Awards, with more than twi(...)

Stepping out: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe leaving RTÉ Radio Centre after his appearance on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

At least Leo got a break on Wednesday: a nice few hours of downtime in the Dáil doing the bread and butter stuff such as answering questions and needl(...)

The option of replacing the Eighth Amendment with a constitutional provision which allowed for abortion in specified circumstances would be “likely to prove very difficult”, as grounds such as rape or fatal foetal abnormality would present “practical problems arising as to how they should be established and to whose satisfaction”. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has been warned that there are significant legal uncertainties inherent in all of the six options tha(...)

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

The budget delivered by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on Tuesday prioritised extra public spending over tax cuts by a ratio of two to one. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In framing his first budget Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe faced a difficult balancing act on both the political and economic fronts. A slip-up (...)