Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to members of the media on the plinth of Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the Taoiseach should sack Minister Simon Coveney for his handling of the appointment of Katherine Zappone (...)

Micheál Martin: ‘There can be no doubt in the public’s mind about how appointments are made by Government in future.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said lessons need to be learned by the Government in the wake of how Katherine Zappone’s appointment was handled by Minis(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: His position has been described as ‘fundamentally undermined’ by  People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Documents released by the Department of Foreign Affairs show Katherine Zappone was “given free reign” after lobbying senior Fine Gael politicians over(...)

 Katherine Zappone says  she will not be taking up the role of UN special envoy.  Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Summer 2020 Former minister for children Katherine Zappone moves to New York after losing her Dáil seat. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney t(...)

Coveneys says  Zappone first reached out in a general sense about helping with the UN last summer. Photograph: Damien Eagers

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will tell an Oireachtas committee that he made the decision to offer Katherine Zappone the job of speci(...)

St Patrick’s Day: Michael Bloomberg, as mayor, and Dr Kevin Cahill at the American Irish Historical Society after the New York parade in 2011. Photograph: Michael Appleton/New York Times

An exquisite Gilded Age townhouse on Fifth Avenue in New York City is on the market for more than $52 million, or more than €40 million. It featu(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said Ireland could face many millions of euros in EU fines for introducing such a law. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

The Government’s opposition to the Occupied Territories Bill is based on legal advice from the Attorney General which does not take important case law(...)

Military pilots who agree to remain in the Air Corps for eight years could receive payments of more than €200,000 under a new loyalty bonus scheme, th(...)

Troops from the 55th Infantry Group photographed in March 2017 during an exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Defence Forces representative body has expressed anger and frustration at the Government’s delay in publishing the Public Pay Commission report on(...)

Official figures confirm the number of people departing the Defence Forces has surged in recent years.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Defence Force pay rates compare very favourably with other parts of the public service and some claims about conditions were “misleading” and “wildly (...)

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