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Taoiseach Enda Kenny, head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  Ángel Gurría, and  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore, at  a meeting at the OECD headquarters in Paris, yesterday. Photograph: AP

Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, set the tone for yesterday’s “leaders’ forum” with Irel(...)

Bagpipe players march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York on Saturday. Photograph: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Irish ministers should not march in the New York St Patrick’s Day parade “on principle” if invited, Labour TD John Lyons has said.Mr Lyons, who spoke (...)

A participant marches in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York last year. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have both said that gay organisations in New York have encouraged Irish Government representatives to (...)

 Micheál Martin:  “Over the past three years there has been a growing and increasingly dangerous complacency about the situation in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

There is more to the North- South “jigsaw” than resolving past differences and developing economic co-operation, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.The pea(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: “very clearly . . . the Irish State was funding the guns going to the Provisional IRA”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have taken opposing positions over unionist claims that in 1969-1970 the governmen(...)

Philomena Lee  and Senator Claire McCaskill  meet to discuss the  new adoption initiative.

US senator Claire McCaskill has added her support to a campaign to help Irish mothers reunite with US children separated by forced adoption, describin(...)

Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan: “We will not in any way be led by anybody else as regards how we are going to organise our commemorations”

Ireland will not be influenced by other first World War commemorations, Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan has insisted, amid claims the first major(...)

Economist Pat McArdle’s warning about new European fiscal compact rules runs counter to the widely held expectation that the Government will be able to adopt a more expansive approach to spending and tax.

The Government will be constrained from adopting an expansionary fiscal policy – limiting its capacity for substantial tax breaks – until at least 201(...)

Frances Fitzgerald said Irish people should move away from their ambivalence to drink. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government is failing to prevent rape and sexual violence and is ignoring the role alcohol plays in sexual aggression, according to the Rape Crisi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Jeroen Djisselbloem (left, president of the Eurogroup), Luis de Guindos (Spanish economy minister) and Maria Luis Albuquerque (Portuguese finance minister). Photograph: Peter Cavanagh

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Government’s intention to sell its stake in Allied Irish Banks will not preclude any potential retroa(...)

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