Alan Shatter

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Leo Varadkar is hoisted on shoulders after being elected as leader of Fine Gael at the Mansion House, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In order to persuade Fine Gael members of their merits, Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney took part in debates in May 2017 when they were seeking the lea(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: “I welcome all suggestions about the best way to reopen Stepaside Garda station but criticism from the man who closed the station is a little bit rich.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has accused Shane Ross of “bombastry and faking” and misleading voters, over the issue of Stepaside Garda sta(...)

The Four Courts, Dublin. Senior judges including the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, have been unusually vocal in their opposition to the legislation. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Senior members of the judiciary wrote to a European anti-corruption organisation complaining they were not properly consulted by the Government about (...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has dismissed criticism of his Judicial Appointments Bill by former minister for justice Alan Shatter. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has dismissed criticism of his Judicial Appointments Bill from former minister for justice Alan Shatter, saying all (...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Leinster House in 1983. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendu(...)

Mick Barry TD (second left), who saw his Cork North Central constituency vote by 64.02 per cent to 35.98 per cent for repeal, said that the result was a clear call for greater equality in Irish society. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government should move ahead quickly and introduce legislation to give effect to the referendum result, while opponents of repealing the Eighth Am(...)

New Irish citizens: participants at one of Monday’s three ceremonies at Killarney Convention Centre. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A language test for citizenship applicants is under consideration in order to improve immigrants’ integration into Irish society, a senior Department (...)

Supt David Taylor speaking to the media at the scene of a shooting in Dublin in 2013. File photograph: The Irish Times

Former Garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor will appear before the Disclosures Tribunal this week. Supt Taylor will give evidence on Monda(...)

Bob Barnes, with family members at the funeral of his wife former TD, Senator and member of the Council of State, Monica Barnes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael senator and TD Monica Barnes was described as “open and optimistic’’ by her daughter, Sarah, at her funeral in Killiney, Co Dublin. (...)

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