Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan in 2013: Howlin is “a politician of government, not one of opposition”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strange times indeed. Stephen Donnelly has shimmied across the Opposition benches to Fianna Fáil. Mary Lou McDonald is making eyes at Fianna Fáil and (...)

 Leo Varadkar: Criticised by Willie O’Dea for accepting a guest slot on RTÉ’s “Late Date”, the Minister cooly tweeted: “Ah chill Willie . . . You’re most welcome to ring in a request if you like.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Friday was a big day for Irish radio. Anton Savage parted ways with Today FM by making a dramatic statement detailing a breakdown with management. Se(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) meets  Donald Trump in Trump Tower, which is a short walk from the hotel where the Taoiseach is scheduled to stay during his visit. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny proposed a meeting in the coming weeks with US president-elect Donald Trump during the course of their phone call following his (...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin speaking in the Seanad on November 10th after the Trump victory

A video of Labour senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin reacting to the victory of US president-elect Donald Trump has gone viral after being posted on a number (...)

People caught with small amounts of drugs shuld be directed towards healthcare rather than immediately convicted of a criminal offence, according to a new policy being put forward by Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

People caught with small amounts of drugs shuld be directed towards healthcare rather than immediately convicted of a criminal offence, according to a(...)

Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for national drugs strategy: she says a supervised self-injecting drugs facility will open in spring. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There are some people who are poor and are “probably always going to be poor” as it is “how they have been reared”, the Minister of State for the nati(...)

Senator Lynn Ruane: told the Dáil the relentless war on drugs had failed long ago, with the addict becoming collateral damage.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Legislation criminalising the possession of illegal drugs reinforced the stigma associated with addiction, Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has said. (...)

Mark Candon, principal teacher of Laurence O’Toole National School in Seville Place, Dublin, with pupils in the school library. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Mark Candon has seen it before: the street shootings, the tension in the community and the quiet fear in the classroom. “In the inner city, when stuf(...)

Alan Kelly will have to settle for a position below Howlin, and is likely to be a brooding, bulky presence in a parliamentary party too small to pretend he isn’t there.

In the end it was a coronation. The process that resulted in Brendan Howlin becoming the new leader of the Labour Party was seamless. The politics of (...)

A contest between Brendan Howlin  (left) and Alan Kelly (right) for leadership of the Labour Party is now likely to take place.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Supporters of Alan Kelly believe he will be able to run against Brendan Howlin for the leadership of the Labour Party. Limerick TD and former ministe(...)

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