Fianna Fáil Dublin West TD Jack Chambers said the Government was proposing a 200-fold funding increase for yet another “bureaucratic quango”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has had to rely on the support of Sinn Féin to narrowly defeat an Opposition effort to remove a highly contentious provision in its new(...)

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire gives evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in  London where he said that powersharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin have stalled, forcing him to set a new deadline for a deal. Photograph: PA Wire

Northern Ireland is on a “glide path” to direct rule as talks between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have stalled, James Brokenshir(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin and party spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea TD during a press briefing by the party on  pensions. Photograph: Collins

A Dáil debate on Wednesday night provides the “appropriate” opportunity for Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to apologise for calling Fia(...)

There is a belief in Dublin, as well as London, that Michelle O’Neill was ready to do a deal but was effectively blocked by senior members in Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As crews across Ireland, North and South, work to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following Storm Ophelia, Sinn Féin and the DUP ar(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill  at George Best Belfast City Airport

The Government believes that Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, was ready to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to re(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Jim O’Callaghan had previously insisted the Chief Justice should chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil has proposed the appointment of a retired judge to chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission in a proposed compromise with the Govern(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has managed to keep a delicate political balancing act going for far longer than many expected when he agreed to und(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton  and DUP leader Arlene Foster wave as they leave after a meeting at a hotel on the outskirts of Belfast on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Former US president Bill Clinton, who held separate meetings on Tuesday afternoon in Belfast with DUP and Sinn Féin leaders, has predicted that Stormo(...)

MEP Matt Carthy: “The extremely low number of reported schemes raises questions about the poor effectiveness of the mandatory disclosure scheme.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Revenue Commissioners have received just 11 reports of potentially abusive tax-avoidance schemes since Ireland made it mandatory in early 2011 for(...)

Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Derry, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Storm Ophelia caused significant disruption in Northern Ireland with some 18,500 households left without power, while schools, universities and severa(...)