Howth Yacht Club’s under-25 keelboat team winning the J24 Northern Championships at Sligo Yacht Club, Rosses Point. Photograph: David Branigan

A solution to the widespread problem of youth involvement drop-off in sport is bearing fruit after five years of operation at Howth Yacht Club. An (...)

A group of Labour members have called on TDs to allow any deputy who wants to compete to succeed Joan Burton as party leader to enter into a contest. Tipperary TD Alan Kelly is keen to compete for the role but has not yet had his candidacy seconded by another TD. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A group of Labour members has called on TDs to allow any deputy who wants to compete to succeed Joan Burton as party leader to enter into a contest. (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Charlie Flanagan, Frances Fitzgerald and James Reilly:  Fine Gael  employs 35 staff between its  headquarters and as part of its regional structure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael has told its headquarters staff it is starting a programme of redundancies in anticipation of a huge drop in State funding after the genera(...)

Fine Gael Mark Kennelly: Kenny’s chief of staff in Government. He is the Taoiseach’s voice in many meetings, largely spending the campaign on the ro(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving F(...)