Mr Kenny sailed through Leaders’ Questions without shipping much damage. Photograph: Eric Luke

The nation stopped in its tracks and turned up the radio

Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd Barrett: challenged the quality of art and philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It seems Kenny and Gilmore and their ministers stuck a paragraph into their programme for government to stop themselves spilling t(...)

Brian Cody addressed the troops at Joan Burton’s think-tank in Portlaoise. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Labour get lesson in teamwork from Brian Cody

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins:  said his party would be engaging in “a very robust campaign around the country” and was “fully behind”  the Yes vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘It’s strange when almost every politician is in favour of something’

‘While Gerry Adams and Mary Lou like playing hard to get, they aren’t categorically ruling out future advances.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As election draws near, the atmosphere is going to get more tense

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in the RTÉ Radio Centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For those aware of where Varadkar interview was heading it made for difficult listening

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton  at a press conference on the outcome of their  Cabinet meeting  on jobs this week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Creighton lines up breakfast briefing for female political journalists, a sort of ‘Ladies Who Launch’ event

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin TD garners little sympathy after revealing his brother is a recovering addict

Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jobs and jibes make for a serendipitous new year in Leinster House

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