Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, which has been passed by the Dáil, restores access for Northern Ireland commercial fishing boats to Irish inshore waters, from zero to six miles offshore. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has appealed to Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to support legislation to end the “sea border” in the six mile (9.6 km) fishery zone (...)

‘You can bet the house’ that Peter Casey, pictured, will run for the European Parliament, and the Dáil, according to his friend Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photo Nick Bradshaw

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Peter Casey, the initial no-hoper who confounded commentators and critics by coming a strong second to Michael D Higgi(...)

Members of the Naval Service Reserve were drafted recently to supplement crew shortages on the LÉ Eithne, the navy’s flagship. Photograph: AP

Two Naval Service vessels were unable to set sail last week because of a crew shortage while reservists have been brought in to plug gaps on a third s(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the official launch of his presidential election campaign in   Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael D Higgins has defended an unaudited presidential allowance of €317,000 but said he was willing to provide more details of spending in the Áras(...)

Peter Casey (60) on the set of ‘Dragons’ Den’, RTÉ

According to the latest opinion poll and the received political wisdom, Michael D Higgins is as good as a certainty to be re-elected as president. T(...)

Sean Gallagher, in his letter, said councillors from 22 local authorities had been in touch with him to confirm they would be considering the presidential election nomination process at their September meetings. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Seán Gallagher has written to every local authority in the State expressing disappointment at the announcement by Independent Senator Gerard Craughwel(...)

Gavin Duffy: “No disrespect was intended and, if it has been taken thus, I apologise for the offence the councillor took from it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A businessman considering a run for the presidency offered free tickets to his marketing seminar to councillors. Gavin Duffy wrote to councillors in(...)

President Michael D Higgins: would be very welcome if he decided to attend end-of-month meeting, says Cllr Joe Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Presidential candidates, who are seeking nominations, have been invited to “state their case” to a special meeting of Waterford City and County Counci(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell is seeking a nomination. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael councillors may be only allowed to facilitate “truly Independent” presidential candidates to challenge Michael D Higgins, and not ones who a(...)

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