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Austin Stack (left), son of murdered Brian Stack, confronts Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

A son of Brian Stack, a prison officer murdered by the IRA, has confronted Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams at a press conference in Dublin. Austin St(...)

 Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell claimed two Sinn Féin TDs had knowledge about the murder of prison officer Brian Stack.   Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw.

A Fine Gael TD who claimed two Sinn Féin TDs had knowledge about the murder of prison officer Brian Stack in the Dáil on Wednesday has said he did not(...)

Enda Kenny’s rating has jumped seven points since the last Irish Times poll to 36 points. Photograph: Reuters

Good morning. And what a good morning it is for Taoiseach Enda Kenny. While his detractors have been counting down the days to his departure it appea(...)

Alan Farrell, TD for Dublin Fingal, tossed in the equivalent of a grenade with the deliberate intention of provoking a reaction from Sinn Féin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael backbencher Alan Farrell got up from his seat, crossed the aisle and slid in beside a group of his party colleagues. The rumpus was dying (...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil is to consider merging the property tax and water charges in a potential compromise. The Irish Times has learned party leader Micheál Mar(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has indicated that public sector workers could have their pay levels restored quicker than had been initially envisaged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael must be careful that future public sector pay increases are affordable and do not compromise the potential for tax cuts and improved servic(...)

Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar takes Leaders’ Questions:  one TD said, “Leo knocked the Opposition out of the park. That is what we need. This will only serve to speed the leadership contest up”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given three Fine Gael TDs new positions in what is seen as a bid to cling on to power. Mr Kenny has appointed Sligo-Leitri(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Mr Varadkar is among the candidates to replace Taoiseach Enda Kenny when he steps down as Fine Gael leader. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A group of Fine Gael TDs has accused Fianna Fáil of using the budget to attack Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and undermine him as a pot(...)

John Perry  took the case against Fine Gael over a selection convention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Legal advisers for Fine Gael are examining allegations by former TD John Perry about alleged interference with a witness in a case taken against the (...)

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