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Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

We want the referendum to be carried, and to be carried strongly, says Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny mounted a strident attack on Fine Gael rebels who did not support the abortion legislation as he said everyone in the party’s “el(...)

The political season

The referendum to abolish the Seanad may appear to be the prime focus of the new Dáil session, but the attention of most TDs has already fixed on next(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at  the press conference  concluding the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party conference, in Killenard, Co Laois today. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected what he described as a “political attack” by Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin who earlier launched a scathing attack on th(...)

First day of the leaving cert exam – “challenge of cultural diversity is to empower people of different ethnic, religious and philosophical heritage to work together.” PHOTOGRAPH: DARA MAC DÓNAILL / THE IRISH TIMES

The growing cultural diversity in our country is at the core of the debate on educational provision in Ireland. For better or worse, the debate focuse(...)

 Members of New Beginnings and the Defend Our Homes League protesting outside an auction by Allsop Space  of 74 lots of property. Photograph: Alan Betson

The group representing 800 estate agents has been asked to sign a public declaration that its members would boycott the sale of family homes which hav(...)

Kevin Bakhurst: made the case for the importance of retaining overseas reporters

Television news bulletins on the hour, a new channel for the diaspora called RTÉ Ireland and an upgrade to its Donnybrook facilities are among RTÉ’s p(...)

Coal and black chalk portrait by Oskar Kokoschka of himself and his lover Alma Mahler. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

‘It appealed to something vaguely perverse in me, the idea of the living doll, like Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” Composer Raymond Deane is expla(...)

“Irish people’s pathological obsession with property, is often intertwined with the worst sort of petty snobbery”. PHOTOGRAPH: ALAN BETSON

By their principal private residences shall ye know them. This week we learned that the professional classes don’t just want to live in the sort of ho(...)

Ivan Yates: we may have missed him more than we knew. Photograph: Sam Boal

A debatable piece of wisdom at the best of times, the adage about absence making the heart grow fonder has been put to a particularly stern test on mo(...)

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