Leo Varadkar with Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Leo’s green and pleasant performance in Cheshire should boost flagging spirits in Fine Gael, where the mood is not as chipper as some would like it to(...)

Orchard Lawns in Cherry Orchard, Dublin, where builders were targeted by antisocial behaviour while constructing a social housing project. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Gangland criminals who extorted over €550,000 from construction companies in west Dublin had their accounts frozen by the Criminal Assets Bureau (...)

Zoe Flynn (24) was ‘quick-witted, sharp and a very strikingly beautiful lady’ who also carried ‘great sadness’, her funeral in Ballyfermot, Dublin heard on Friday.

Zoe Flynn (24) was “quick-witted, sharp and a very strikingly beautiful lady” who also carried “great sadness”, her funeral in Ballyfermot, Dublin hea(...)

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

There are some lessons to be drawn from the Irish electoral experience of the past decade. The first is that there is a growing wedge of voters with (...)

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe, under increasing pressure over poor pay and conditions for the military, accused the Opposition of not wanting soldiers to participate in anything.

A Government Minister has hit out at political parties opposing Defence Forces participation in an EU battle group and claimed they want to confine so(...)

Irish soldiers training in the Glen of Imaal. The Government has already approved Irish participation in the stand-by force, which will also include personnel from Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia and the Netherlands. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The participation of the Defence Forces in a German-led battle group next year is to be debated this week in the Dáil. The Government has already app(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January

The United Nations mission in Mali is the type of challenge for which the Army Ranger Wing trains every day, Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe (...)

The chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said   most committees were finding it very difficult to achieve a quorum. File photograph: The Irish Times

Poor attendance at Oireachtas committee meetings is forcing chairmen or women to “grab a TD or Senator” from another committee so as to start a meetin(...)

‘National reputation’: Richard III, staged by Druid, whose director, Garry Hynes, pointed out the arts’ contribution to Ireland’s standing

Arts funding should be restored to boom-era levels to compensate for the sector’s lack of resources, a new Oireachtas report suggests. The Arts Matte(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “The EU is born of a vision to end wars.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Bill to enshrine neutrality in the Constitution could affect Ireland’s ability to participate in UN missions, the Dáil has heard. Tánaiste Simon Co(...)

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