Micheál Martin:  “When you strip it all back . . .  he has made the right call on all the big issues and he has excelled in all the elections,” said one frontbencher. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“What the f**k is Daly at?” asked a Fine Gael TD as he observed his colleague, junior minister Jim Daly, in full flow on Wednesday evening. During the(...)

 European Parliament: Due to Brexit, the seat allocation to Ireland rises from 11 to 13. Photograph: Vincent Kessler

A combination of a couple of extra seats up for grabs, a clatter of retirements, including those of two strong vote-getters, and a glut of ex-min(...)

Tony McLoughlin: “I have been raising this every week with the Minister and the OPW, and, indeed, before that with the previous minister Frances Fitzgerald”

Over a year after rank-and-file gardaí in Sligo walked out of their station in protest at conditions there, the Minister for Justice has admitted to l(...)

Any motion against Simon Harris (above)  will fail, but will be used by Sinn Féin to further underline its distinction from both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for its target audience. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The nature of crises and controversies under the confidence-and-supply agreement now forms something of a pattern. A few weeks of hue and cry over a (...)

Tánaiste and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: held meetings in New York on Tuesday as Ireland continues its efforts to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council. File Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has arrived in Washington for talks with senior administration officials and members of Congress, amid increasing concern among(...)

Camille O’Sullivan performing at the Irish Embassy in London for St Brigid’s Day in 2018.

From London to Warsaw to Washington this weekend, events will be held around the world celebrating the talent and creativity of Irish women, to mark S(...)

Karen McEvoy, who died a week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital,  and  Barry Kelly. Neither Mr Kelly nor his solicitor, Niamh O’Brien, has been provided with an interim postmortem result, a death certificate or any of Ms McEvoy’s medical notes.

Partners and families left grieving after the death of a woman during or soon after childbirth must be given information about what happened as soon a(...)

 Micheál Martin says:  ‘I am blocking nobody from running for anything.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sitting Fianna Fáil TDs will not be blocked from standing in this year’s European Parliament elections, party leader Micheál Martin has said. Mr Mar(...)

Political sources have previously said Mr Hogan could change brief if he remains at the Commission. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has publicly indicated for the first time that he is open to serving a second five-year term in Brussels. Mr Hogan,(...)

Leo Varadkar: Health and housing are the running public policy sores for the Government.   Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

At the beginning of the year, the prospects for the Government surviving the year seemed slim. After the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald, relations(...)

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