Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dáil sketch: A new season starts but the transfer window remains open

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton  during the Labour Party  think-in  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Burton’s leadership style impresses as think-in a fairly relaxed and pleasant affair

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever about its think-in, Labour grabbed the prize for the cheesiest family photo

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister Leo Varadkar converse over a cup of tea on the final day of the Fine Gael think-in at Fota Island Resort in Co Cork. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Miriam Lord stalks the corridors of the Fota Island Hotel in Cork at the Fine Gael think-in

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Eoghan Murphy TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Senator Catherine Noone take a selfie at the Fine Gael event in Fota Island resort yesterday. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Miriam Lord: Forget the Five Point Plan – the 94 Initiatives are where it’s at now

The gifts offered at Albert Reynolds’s funeral Mass the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook yesterday. Photograph: Maxwells

Gifts offered by the former taoiseach’s grandchildren summed up his full life

Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in talks with the SDLP  in 1992, (from left):  deputy leader Seamus Mallon MP, leader John Hume and Eddie McGrady MP at Government Buildings. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Achievements, not least his role in the peace process, a fine legacy for such a short spell at the top

Ivor Callely: A pathetic closing chapter for the man who dreamed ridiculously big, but behaved like a small-time political shyster. Photograph: David Sleator

From the moment he landed in Leinster House as a backbench TD, he adopted the swagger of success

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We can’t let our representatives go on a very long summer break without acknowledging their outstanding contribution

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