Labour Party  leader Joan Burton. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said Tánaiste Joan Burton will prioritise social policies and a “dividend” for people w(...)

Dr
Alasdair McDonnell:
“The situation in Northern Ireland has become volatile and, with threats of a ‘graduated response’ from unionism that will affect government and politics, could get worse.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have briefed Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton on the political and community tensions triggered by next Satur(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton, the new Leader of the Labour Party, has been in discussions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton have completed their first day of negotiations over the future shape of the Coalition and its polici(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: forearmed with the knowledge that her elevation would be a formality, both sides have been working on their strategies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The next 48 hours are going to be critical for this Coalition Government. Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton know their negotiatio(...)

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