Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald described the judge as a “fearless defender of the Constitution” and a man of extraordinary intellectual ability who made an enormous contribution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the late Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman , saying his loss to Ireland and to law would be enormous. The(...)

Michael Gallagher (right) who lost his son Aiden, and Stanley McComb, who lost his wife Ann in the Omagh bombings, arrive at Ballymena Court. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Omagh bomb victims’ representative Michael Gallagher has called for a meeting with the Taoiseach following the collapse of a case against a man charg(...)

Stormont’s Parliament Buildings illuminated in red. After a week of intense negotiations, British and Irish Ministers and senior Northern politicians were unable to sign off on a deal. Photograph: PA

Attempts to strike a deal that would stabilise the Northern Executive and Assembly are to enter their 10th week after the British and Irish government(...)

“For everybody who has been at work – taken tax hikes, taken pay cuts – it’s possible now to see a route to restoration.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Tánaiste Joan Burton has indicated that the economic recovery could allow for income tax cuts, along with long-term investment in education and roads,(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has indicated that tax reform and job creation will be at the centre of the Government’s forthcoming spring economic statement. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has indicated that income tax reductions and job creation will be at the heart of the Government’s spring statem(...)

 Fisherman Tom Dineen works   to save a boat from the weather at Ballyheigue beach in Co Kerry, where  waves  pushed rocks hundreds of feet over a pier. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Hard decisions will have to be made about what parts of the coastline we want to retain and what parts we should “let go” in the face of “rising se(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party conference, in Killenard, Co Laois today. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government will run its course and suggested the next election would be in March 2016.Speaking at a dinner this even(...)

From left: Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, First Minister Peter Robinson and Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at a press conference after the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Officials in the Republic and Northern Ireland will work together to avail of EU funding to address youth unemployment, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yest(...)