Brendan Howlin

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Brendan Howlin. Joan Burton said it would be ‘unfair’ if his leadership was discussed before he outlines how Labour will increase its popularity, and win more local authority seats, next spring. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brendan Howlin should be allowed outline how he intends to improve Labour’s fortunes in next year’s local elections before his leadership is debated, (...)

President Michael D Higgins with former presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson at Áras an Uachtaráin at a 2013 event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Irish Presidency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act in 1997 was a milestone for transparency in the public service. Opening government departments and (...)

Jack O’Connor said the issue of who leads Labour could be explored once a wider discussion had been concluded. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The issue of who leads Labour can be revisited once the party holds a full debate on how it can renew itself and social democracy in general, party ch(...)

Brendan Howlin: sources close to the Labour Party leader   insist that he will not stand down

A group of Labour councillors is trying to muster further backing for a move to oust Brendan Howlin by garnering the support of over half of local rep(...)

Brendan Howlin succeeded Joan Burton as Labour leader in May 2016.

Sixteen Labour councillors have signed a letter in support of the embattled party leader Brendan Howlin. The party’s low poll ratings, which have sh(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

“Facebook walks and talks like a media company, so it should be treated like one. The cultural change would be significant – and content moderation would change as a consequence.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Facebook is huge, with more than 2.2 billion monthly actively users. There are also all those users on WhatsApp and Instagram, both owned by Facebook.(...)

President Michael D Higgins meeting with Deena Cotter from Dún Laoghaire  during the afternoon tea party in Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of allowing Fine Gael councillors support the entry into the presidential election campaign of potentia(...)

 President Michael D Higgins: he has finally declared his hand, and says  he wants a second seven-year term in Áras an Uachtaráin

Those seeking to challenge Michael D Higgins for the presidency may be dependent on the rebelliousness of strangers. To the surprise of no one, Higgi(...)

The duchess and duke of Sussex with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as they arrive at Government Buildings during their visit to Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

“We need a large national conversation,” opined Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, indicating she wouldn’t mind seeing a presidential election later (...)

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