Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and party members at a press conference in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There can be no progressive government in Ireland without Sinn Féin. That is not a value judgment. It is merely a fact that anyone who wants to see ra(...)

The remains of Workers’ Party activist Seán Garland arrive for his funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Séan Garland was “a giant of the left in Ireland”, Workers’ Party ard comhairle member Mickey McCorry said at a memorial service in Dublin’s Glasnevin(...)

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting at Bray Boxing Club in  Co Wicklow on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Fianna Fáil is preparing to increase pressure on the Government on the issue of crime, with the party preparing to make it central to the next general(...)

Kathleen Lynch will contest  Cork North Central for the Labour Party in the next general election.

Former Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch intends running for the Labour Party in Cork North Central in the next general ele(...)

Mr Justice Patrick McCartan: he stood down from the Circuit Court last August after 19 years on the bench

Just weeks away from his 64th birthday, Mr Justice Patrick McCartan takes on the Stardust inquiry some six months into what was assumed to be his ret(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin is in transition, one year after an election which saw the party failing to make the gains it privately hoped for. Although it had(...)

“The poor goy can’t look her in the eye and lie – that’ll hopefully come in time.”

Shadden’s old dear hands me a can of beer called Hoxha – which is obviously Albanian for “Not Heineken” – and she tells me that it’s all she has in. I(...)

Last month I mentioned a recent conferring of honorary doctorates at NUI Galway. Among recipients was arguably the most successful Irish Labour Party (...)

From left: Independent TDs Boxer Moran Seán Canney, Shane Ross and Micheal Fitzmaurice pictured at government buildings. The suggestion that some of the Independents could be part of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil dominated government is creative.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After 40 days and 40 nights of “government formation for slow learners” we have finally got to the intensive stage of real engagement between the two (...)

Labour Party activists are dismayed by their rejection at the polls. Some TDs who lost their seats are in denial concerning the reasons for their dism(...)

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