‘It took great courage to go public in the first place and tell her story to the BBC Spotlight programme. The resolve Maíria Cahill (above, at Governmnet Buildings) has shown over the past week in the face of Sinn Féin denials of her story and the vicious attacks on her character that have featured in the cesspit of social media has been remarkable.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Opinion: ‘Gerry Adams struggled to deal with the attacks, insisting that all he and the republicans named by Maíria Cahill had don(...)

Lucinda Creighton: says her main focus is  on getting the right to do her job and speak in the chamber. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group refused to give Creighton and Mathews speaking time even though extra time had been allocated

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Maíria Cahill after their meeting at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Adams challenges Taoiseach to meet four people allegedly involved in ‘kangaroo court’

Maíria Cahill leaves Government Buildings following talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday. Afterwards, she repeated her claim that she had discussed her allegations of sexual abuse with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at a meeting with him. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: controversy a huge embarrassment for party as allegations pressure leadership

‘Budget day was enlivened by the arrival in the chamber of the two new TDs elected in the two byelections (Paul Murphy, above, and Michael Fitzmaurice) and in a welcome development both were given an opportunity to speak on their first day.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Opinion: After seven belt-tightening budgets, it was not practical to expect the Coalition to deliver another one of the same (...)

Man of the cloth: WT Cosgrave disguised as Brother Doyle in 1920

An extract from ‘Judging W. T. Cosgrave’, a new biography of the Free State leader

Victorious: WT Cosgrave at College Green after his election as president of the executive council of the Free State in 1923. Photograph: Hulton Getty .

Liam Cosgrave talks about his father’s ruthlessness and efficiency, aspects of the Free State’s Civil War leader explored in a new(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál  Martin  with Belfast woman Maíria Cahill yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

FF leader Martin accuses Gerry Adams of “despicable” behaviour over allegations

Máiria Cahill and Micheál Martin at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cahill and Adams give different versions of conversations on alleged assaults

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