Sinn Féiner of the Year: Party leader Gerry Adams for holding onto his position for 31 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

See how Joan Burton, Enda Kenny, Gerry Adams, Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald performed this year

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ongoing controversy over water charges has left the Coalition listing badly

   President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi definitely doesn’t want to make a date with the now-running banking inquiry. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Mario Draghi was asked to appear, but he’s not inclined to - and there’s nothing Enda can do

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams felt obliged to remind Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he is “a player” and not merely a “junior partner” in the Northern Ireland negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Kenny and Martin finally make up over issue of the mystery of the disappearing files

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

President and Minister have combined age of 144 – but it hasn’t slowed their gallop

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald receive cheers during water charge protest

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Early in the debate the Opposition had clearly written it off as a waste of time

 TD Jerry Buttimer: “His attendance was a symbolic gesture and sent a powerful message of support for what we are doing.” Photograph: Andres Poveda

Bishop of Elphin wonders what Enda Kenny was thinking attending a gay bar

Tánaiste Joan Burton (right) and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s getting TV-show hectic in Leinster House

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