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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed support for the idea of an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland and has reaffirmed a commitment to holding an a(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has not been a member of Fianna Fáil since the publication of the Mahon report in 2012. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he would not support former taoiseach Bertie Ahern becoming a member of the party. Mr Martin was respondin(...)

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(...)

Christian Democratic Union party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts on first exit polls in the German general election in Berlin. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Germany is facing a political earthquake after a historic election disaster for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and(...)

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at Sinn Féin’s annual ‘think-in’ this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The dramatic shift in Sinn Féin’s stance on government participation, floated by Mary Lou McDonald some months ago, was firmed up in various media con(...)

Turning to the position of Sinn Féin and the IRA, Dermot Gallagher expressed ‘great interest’  in the recent statement from Sinn Féin and, particularly, from Martin McGuinness (its vice-president).Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Martin McGuinness’ role within republicanism is highlighted in previously confidential files declassified today in Belfast from 1990. The softer tone(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had written to Fine Gael constituency chairs asking for opinions on spending priorities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has requested Fine Gael branches in every constituency to hold special meetings by the end of September as part of a consultati(...)

The Buddhist centre of Dzogchen Beara in Co Cork offers stunning views of Bantry Bay. Photograph: Photographicmemory.ie

Getting time away on your own is, for lots of us, the dream break – but a solo trip can be hard to justify. It can feel selfish, especially during the(...)

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams and his delegation speak with members of the media after meeting  Leo Varadkar in south Belfast. Photograph: AFP/ Paul Faith/Getty

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he intends to lead the party into the next general election in the Republic. Amid ongoing speculation over w(...)

Micheál Martin: has been back on the doors since last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The foundation of all electoral success is worn shoe leather but, for Micheál Martin, canvassing is an article of faith. The Fianna Fáil leader attri(...)

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