Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin during the children’s referendum campaign in 2012. Those close to both men insist they share no personal animus. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The minute the email arrived on a quiet Friday at the end of August, those around Micheál Martin believed its contents were never meant to be confiden(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross  at an NTA briefing in July  to unveil a   public consultation report on  BusConnects.  Photograph: : Nick Bradshaw

The National Transport Authority (NTA) said it did not have the resources to attend information meetings organised by local representatives throughout(...)

Frances Fitzgerald resigned as minister last year following controversy over her knowledge of a Garda legal strategy against Sgt McCabe. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald has accused opposition TDs of engaging in “fake news” in the Dáil. The former minister for justice said it was deeply (...)

A file image of former minister for justice  Frances Fitzgerald and former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Templemore Garda College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on Opposition TDs to correct the Dáil record about allegations they made in the Garda smear controversy that hurt so(...)

Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

The departure of Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications means that the Government’s hold on power has become even more precarious.

It has been another tumultuous week in Irish politics with the shock resignation of a Cabinet minister, the production of an uninspiring budget and th(...)

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “I am very pleased that my judgment and my approach has been found to be truthful and appropriate.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Former tánaiste and minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she is “very happy and pleased” the Disclosures Tribunal has found she acted appr(...)

‘Frances Fitzgerald will not be the first prominent public figure in recent political history to feel hard done by after their forced resignation.’ File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald or Nóirín O’Sullivan won’t be the first prominent public figures in recent political history to feel hard done by after their force(...)

Then Garda commissioner Martin Callinan photographed alongside Supt David Taylor at a road safety event in 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

One of the essential building blocks of the modern Irish State is teetering. An Garda Síochána, whose legitimacy hinges on the maintenance of public t(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was reacting to the damning report by Mr Justice Peter Charleton.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has offered a “sincere apology” to Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family, saying that its handling of false allegation(...)

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