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Micheál Martin: he said the “slash and burn approach” by former minister for the environment Phil Hogan in abolishing town councils was not a progressive move. Photograph: Eric Luke

Modernising local government is essential to tackling a crisis in governance and combating the rise of populism which has led to Brexit and the electi(...)

Pyongyang ups the ante

The test-firing of a new nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile by North Korea on Sunday – the Pukguksong-2 – was another ratcheting up (...)

Dublin North-West TD Noel Rock has said he would like to see Leo Varadkar take over as party leader. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Comments by a Fine Gael backbencher who called on Enda Kenny to outline a timeframe for his resignation have been disowned by supporters of Minister f(...)

Narcissists’ Chief of Staff: President Donald Trump is  convinced that people admire him even when it’s pretty obvious to the rest of the world that people do not. Photograph:  Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Vanity gets a bad rap in the Trump era. The US president may seem like the most vain man on earth, but he isn’t. The most vain man on earth probably (...)

Steve Bannon, chief strategist for US president Donald Trump. Photograph:  Bloomberg

“The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins remorse from power.” So mused Shakespeare’s Brutus, contemplating his response to the increasingly tyrann(...)

 Donald Trump has promised to introduce sweeping reforms to the US tax system, but uncertainty remains about what  he will do. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has promised to introduce sweeping reforms to the US tax system, but uncertainty remains about what exactly he will do. On (...)

US president Donald Trump: tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft  all voiced  concerns about travel ban. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

US stocks have rallied hard since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. They have hit multiple all-time highs and outperformed global markets (...)

Demonstrators gather in  Edinburgh, Scotland, to protest against US president Donald Trump’s   travel ban imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty

‘Governments can err, presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sin(...)

Donald Trump: The Taoiseach could make a face-to-face appeal to Trump on behalf of the undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Don Emmertdon/AFP/Getty Images

For a few hours each year the White House is transformed into the greatest celebration of Irish culture to be found anywhere. Fountains are turned gr(...)

Enda Kenny during his 2012 trip to the White House: the Taoiseach should visit Trump with confidence and respectfully express our feelings about torture and human rights. Photograph: Leslie E Kossoff/LK Photos/PA Wire

Donald Trump’s White House is the focal point of the world’s attention now and its interactions with other nations will shape the future of the wester(...)

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