Journey ahead: Enda Kenny seems very comfortable when asked about Brexit.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In America, a big orange Trumpkin turns into a president and the Ugly Sister gets to go to the Inaugural Ball. And in Ireland and across Europe, the(...)

“We need a different vision for saving the rail network which squarely places making rail travel more attractive and reliable for passengers at the core of the strategy”

Seven Ministers of State have said they will resist any reduction in services at Iarnród Éireann, which has been identified as needing hundreds of mil(...)

Finian McGrath: “I think politics has changed. I don’t think the bigger parties are going to get the big bloc votes they used to get before. There will always be a role for Independents.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Wandering around the RDS count centre for the Dublin city constituencies as the results of the general election came tumbling in late last February, (...)

 Independent Alliance members Seán Canney, Kevin “Boxer” Moran , Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Shane Ross. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The Cabinet meeting had just concluded a few hours previously and the Independent Alliance had already marched to the Leinster House plinth to toast (...)

Peta: ‘By adopting meat-free eating habits, developed nations will save millions of animals’ lives and help the environment.’

Animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has sent former president Mary Robinson a bouquet for suggesting people (...)

Calls by former president Mary Robinson for people to give up meat in the interests of climate justice have been criticised by farmers.  File photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Calls by former president Mary Robinson for people to give up meat in the interests of climate justice have been greeted with anger, even derision. (...)

Former president Mary Robinson said: “We have to change, we cannot go on with business as usual. We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint. Eat less meat, or no meat at all. Become vegetarian or vegan. Let’s commit to the Paris agreement.” File photograph: Getty Images

Former president Mary Robinson has been accused of living in cloud cuckoo land after saying people should “eat less meat, or no meat at all” due to th(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: welcomed the agreement of her Cabinet colleagues to postpone a decision on  appealing against the European Commission judgment.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin and a number of Independent TDs are seeking an early recall of the Dáil to debate the implications of the European Commission ruling on App(...)

Independent Alliance leader Shane Ross. Former member of the alliance Michael Fitzmaurice said the decision threw up an interesting quandary for Mr Ross, who has been outspoken in the past about tax avoidance measures by multinationals in Ireland. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The scale of the European Commission’s €13 billion ruling in the Apple State aid case unnerved some members of the Independent Alliance, the group of (...)

It took Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael three months to convince Denis Naughton and Shane Ross to park their independence and sign over their support. Photographs: The Irish Times

They have been dubbed the ‘Endapendents’ – the eight Independent TDs keeping the minority Government afloat. It took Fine Gael three months to convin(...)

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