Minister for Transport Shane Ross: his advisors are said to have sought advice from lobby group Age Action Ireland on what to look for in budget talks while sources say Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has already rejected a number of payment restorations. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

The Independent Alliance is seeking a budget package of its own that would reverse a number of cuts made during the economic crisis to welfare p(...)

Protesters outside the Children’s Court in Dublin’s Smithfield during the trial of a 17-year-old for false imprisonment. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The prosecution of a schoolboy accused of the false imprisonment of then Tánaiste Joan Burton is a “recipe for totalitarianism”, his barrister has ar(...)

The prosecution case is that Joan Burton and her advisor were detained by the actions of the teenager in conjunction with the actions of others at the Fortunestown Road, Jobstown in November 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A schoolboy accused of the false imprisonment of former Tánaiste Joan Burton during the Jobstown protest told arresting gardaí he was sorry for takin(...)

Former Tánaiste Joan Burton who is expected to step down as Labour Party leader on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to announce on Tuesday that she will step down as leader of the Labour Party. Ms Burton is to meet her parl(...)

Joan Burton  outside Leinster House  after the announcement that Enda Kenny had been voted in as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock nominated Enda Kenny for the fourth time as Taoiseach in the Dáil, as talks continued behind the scenes on Friday to secure the(...)

Clare Daly TD: “I can’t take much more”. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TDs were distracted as the speeches on the nomination of Enda Kenny for taoiseach were made by the leaders of the nine political parties and groupings(...)

Sarah Morris  and Robbie O’Connor  performing for Sabina Higgins, Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Joan Burton at the opening of Richmond Barracks. Photograph: Eric Luke

One hundred years to the day that 1916 rebel leaders were court martialled at Richmond Barracks in Dublin, their relatives attended the reopening of (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “the Border’s destiny would not be determined by the sole wishes of the Irish and British governments”, in apparent contradiction of comments by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Getty Images

Nobody can say with certainty there will be no changes to the Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if the UK votes to leave the EU, Minister fo(...)

Ciaran Lynch, the former Cork South Central TD  welcomed  Joan Burton’s statement on Tuesday evening when she ruled out Labour entering any minority coalition arrangement with Fine Gael. He believed it was not what Labour Party members wanted.  Photograph: Collins

Labour should not wait until a new government has been formed before addressing its own leadership issue, according to former Labour TD, Ciaran Lynch(...)

Fine Gael TD’s Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan speaking to journalists after leaving talks on the formation of a government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed the outline of a deal on Irish Water that should allow a minority government to be put in place next week. At t(...)

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