Kate Colleary and journalist Olivia O’Leary at the funeral of Gordon Colleary, founder of USIT, in St Joseph’s Parish Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

American Catholic mystic Thomas Merton was quoted at the funeral of Gordon Colleary (73) whose funeral Mass took place at St Joseph’s church in Dublin(...)

 Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath said “meddling” had damaged banking inquiry’s credibility. Photograph: Alan Betson

The significance of a Government decision not to apply the party whip to politicians on the banking inquiry committee will become clear only when the(...)

 Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

Michael Ring: said 38 per cent of applications were invalid and more than 2,000 applications were currently being processed

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has expressed his frustration at how clubs repeatedly submit invalid applications for sports grants.He told t(...)

Nominations for the position close this afternoon, and the contest follows last week’s promotion of former chairman Charlie Flanagan to Cabinet as Minister for Children. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

FIACH KELLYFine Gael TDs and Senators will elect a new chairman of the parliamentary party tomorrow, with calls for a strong figure who can stand up t(...)

 London’s Olympic Stadium, which has been confirmed as one of 13 venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The appointment of a chairman to run a committee on the planning of a joint North/South bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be announced (...)

Gara Commissioner Martin Callinan appearing before the PAC this morning. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan giving evidence to the PAC last week

Fresh divisions surfaced today within the Public Accounts Committee ahead of a key meeting this afternoon on the penalty points debacle.The emergent s(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, pictured last year. The commissioner yesterday welcomed the Minister’s intervention.

The Public Accounts Committee will discuss the continuation of its contentious inquiry into the penalty points affair at a meeting today after Ministe(...)

A Cabinet decision on whether or not to hold a referendum on same sex marriage has been deferred for a week to allow Taoiseach Enda Kenny to consult Fine Gael backbenchers on the issue. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters.

The Government has postponed for a week a decision on whether or not to proceed with a referendum on same sex marriage.The Cabinet was due to consider(...)

Ruairí Quinn says vote on gay marriage to be part of a series of recommendations to come out of Constitutional Convention

The Coalition is facing the prospect of resistance within the Fine Gael parliamentary party to any early push for a referendum on same-sex marriage. T(...)

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