During an appearance at the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Taoiseach Micheál Martin  denied that Robert Watt (pictured) was head-hunted for the €292,000 position. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the salary increase of more than €80,000 for the job of Department of Health secretary general as “appropriate” (...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: he has insisted he has not broken the law.  Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography

The Taoiseach and the Green Party have both said they have confidence in Leo Varadkar in the wake of Sinn Féin’s call for him to resign amid renewed c(...)

The Irish Government’s involvement with the Northern Ireland centenary will be the funding of a major conference in Queen’s University Belfast.

It was a year in which one political entity was created, Northern Ireland, and another, the Irish Free State, was negotiated into being. It was also (...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar  arrives for leaders questions at Dáil sitting in Dublin’s Convention Centre last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that “we have lost our way” in relation to the commemorations marking the decade of centenaries. Mr Varadkar sug(...)

‘We don’t buy the versions currently on the market, we buy second-hand versions that we ensure that any ability to operate wifi or to engage online is decommissioned’. Photograph: iStock

Prison authorities are sourcing older, second-hand models of games consoles to prevent inmates using internet enabled versions to communicate with peo(...)

Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne told Tipp FM this week that the party should stop apologising about the past while he also admitted that he has gone to the homes of members with whom he disagreed.

The Sinn Féin chair of the public petitions committee was forced to adjourn its first official meeting on Thursday after members called on him to expl(...)

Brian Stanley is to make a statement to the Dáil regarding controversial tweets he sent. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that she will not be asking party TD Brian Stanley to resign as chair of the Public Accounts Committee. M(...)

 Sinn Fein TD Eoin O Broin said  the party had a “clear independent disciplinary process and that has to be allowed to follow its due course”.Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

A social media “pile-on” against anyone who criticises Sinn Féin does not aid or assist the party, its housing spokesman has said. Eoin Ó Broin insis(...)

Tom Barry said in 1976: “I back the right of Republicans to shoot, kill and bomb British occupying forces. Nobody can deny that. But I do not back the bombing of obvious civilian targets like pubs and that bloody carry-on.”

Tom Barry, the architect of the Kilmichael ambush during the War of Independence, “point blank” refused to support republican hunger strikers in Portl(...)

Tom Barry addressing former IRA colleagues at an annual commemoration of the Kilmichael ambush which took place 100 years ago on November 28th, 1920.

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley became embroiled in controversy over the weekend after posting an “insensitive” tweet about IRA attacks during the War of I(...)

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