Michael Martin

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Andrus Ansip, commissioner with responsibility for the Digital Single Market

The timing of European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip’s visit to Dublin could not be more politically sensitive. The former Estonian prime min(...)

When DUP leader Arlene Foster shot down Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s proposal for a forum three weeks ago, her concerns were presumed to be the normal unionist contempt for anything all-Ireland, plus paradoxical indignation at Kenny forgetting to run the idea past her first. Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP’s true objection to an all-Ireland forum has been revealed and it is so parochial it could barely squeeze a drip from a parish pump. When DUP(...)

In the past month, the euro has varied against the pound by 13.2 per cent. The exchange rate is the real hard border. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The first big idea for any all-Ireland Brexit forum to consider has come, predictably, from Scotland. There is agreement across Scottish nationalism(...)

 Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy.  The car is still speeding along and he is in no danger of catching it. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boris Johnson and Paul Murphy have more in common than you might think. Both went to posh schools and good universities and their lives thereafter see(...)

A new opinion poll shows support for (from left) Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael, Michael Martin’s Fianna Fáil and Gerry Adams’s Sinn Féin is on the rise. Support for Independents, including Shane Ross’s Independent Alliance, has fallen sharply.

Support for Independents has fallen dramatically to just 8 per cent, according to the results of a Millward Brown opinion poll. The poll, which was(...)

Primary school teachers protesting outside Leinster House earlier this month over inequalities in teachers’ pay. Mr Martin said teachers’ unions had brought real issues to people’s attention. Photograph: SamBoal/Rollingnews.ie

Young teachers could lose more than €100,000 in pay differentials over 40 years, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil. In particular,(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the EU summit meeting on June 28th which concentrated on Brexit. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he has “no concerns” about the impact on Irish neutrality of EU-Nato co-operation as EU leaders backed “accelerated prac(...)

Putting on brave faces: Three Remain supporters at a referendum results party at a pub in north London. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

As governments reeled and financial markets plunged, there were smiles from both sides of the political tracks and on both sides of the Irish Sea. I(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is to be questioned by the Policing Authority. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Policing Authority will question the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan on the contents of the O’Higgins report when it meets next Thursday. Th(...)

Enda Kenny: his first coalition never recovered its sense of purpose, discipline, unity and forward momentum after the justice and policing controversies of early 2014. Anything similar would destroy this administration before it got off the ground. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

A spectre looms in the background as the Cabinet seeks to dampen down the latest controversy to arise out of the Garda. The fate of the previous mini(...)

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