‘He was always a very kind man. He was respectful,’ Bertie Ahern said of Liam Cosgrave. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Public figures including the president, former taoisigh and party leaders have expressed their condolences at the death of former taoiseach Liam Cosgr(...)

A group of demonstrators opposed to contraception pictured outside Leinster House in July 1974.  Photograph: Tommy Collins

The two great failures of the first seven decades of the independent Irish State – the economy and the North – dominated politics in the 1970s. Thoug(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

Thornhill House in Mount Merrion, in south Dublin: plans for 47 dwellings (mainly apartments) received 125 submissions from local residents.

It is clear that Dublin needs more homes, and as a consequence it needs more development. However, with greenfield sites in short supply in sought-aft(...)

Leo Varadkar will be happy with the latest Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times poll, which shows that he is easily the most popular party leader just four months a(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Almost half of voters  say they are satisfied with the way he  is doing his job, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Voters approve of Leo Varadkar but want his Government to do a better job, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. Almost half o(...)

Leo Varadkar: Budget 2018 gives the Taoiseach a megaphone to use on voters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill A hefty 45 per cent say Leo Varadkar has had a positive impact, against just 14 per cent who view his impact negatively. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Statistically, there’s nothing in it. Fine Gael is up a point, to 31 per cent, Fianna Fáil up two, to 29. The main Government party leads the main Opp(...)

The percentage of voters who expressed support for each party (excluding don’t knows) in the latest ‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll.

With less than a week to budget day, today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows Fine Gael (on 31 per cent, up one point) maintaining a marginal lead ov(...)

A restoration of the telephone allowance is also being examined as part of the overall package. Photograph: iStock

Older people are poised to benefit in Budget 2018 with a partial restoration of the bereavement grant and further reductions to prescription charges e(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: also considering the old favourites of hiking excise on tobacco and alcohol. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A rise in stamp duty on commercial property is being considered as one of the main revenue-raising measures in the budget, as the Government searches(...)