Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The Government’s decision to allocate such a large proportion of available resources to tax cuts showed it did not understand the reality of life for (...)

 Ibrahim Halawa  has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail.

The Egyptian legal authorities have not yet begun to process the paperwork for Ibrahim Halawa’s release from jail. “The first stage hasn’t even been (...)

 Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Pat Sheehan and Caoimhe Archibald launch the party’s health document A National Health Service for a United Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney joined Northern Secretary James Brokenshire for talks with the DUP and Sinn Féin at Stormont on Monday (...)

A surveillance device was placed in the Coachman’s Inn near Dublin Airport after gardaí saw Seamus McGrane meeting another man there on a monthly basis. Image: Google Streetview

A Co Louth man accused of directing the activities of the IRA discussed bomb-making in the snug of a Dublin pub that had been bugged by Garda detectiv(...)

RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke responded on-air to a formal complaint made by Sinn Féin’s former director of publicity Danny Morrison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke has apologised for giving some listeners the impression that he disrespected IRA hunger-strikers in the 1970s during remar(...)

Arlene Foster:  “What we can’t see happening is the Gaelicisation of areas where there is no desire or demand for the Irish language.” Photograph: Getty Images

The British and Irish governments are this week expecting to hear from the DUP and Sinn Féin on whether they can strike a deal to bring back the North(...)

Mary Wilson:  knows when to hold back and let her guest carry on

When faced with unspeakable tragedy, sometimes the only thing to do is keep talking. Herbert Morrison’s commentary as the Hindenburg airship burst int(...)

A demonstrator waves a Catalan separatist flag in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

In seeking to smash the ballot boxes and the voters in last Sunday’s referendum on independence for Catalonia, the Spanish authorities inevitably scor(...)

His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

“Spend more on building houses, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure” was nominated by 52% of voters. Photograph: Getty Images

Voters want to see the Government spend available budget resources building “housing, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure”, according to an Ir(...)