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

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

Miriam Lord: In terms of news interest Burton was relegated to second by Frank Flannery

We can picture it perfectly: Enda, with the usual grin, holding his charity docket up to the camera and betting on a Mayo win. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

As Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty helpfully pointed out, a law passed in 1931 makes it illegal to advertise the odds of any football m(...)

Nobody was spared this Hitchcockian nightmare as the birds attacked.  And what was particularly galling for the politicians is that there was no pecking order.

Seanad told Dublin seagulls have lost the run of themselves completely

 Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring with  Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe   on Dame Lane, Dublin, during the announcement that Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Dublin’s tourism industry want to give Garth Brooks fans a weekend to remember in July.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Miriam Lord: Enda Kenny skips off to Brussels after saying he has every confidence in Joe McHugh’s language skills

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Kenny overlooked his female TDs’ claims for junior ministries

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed Ministers yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The long-awaited reshuffle brings just the barest structural alterations

Joan Burton takes her first Opposition Leaders’ Questions as Tánaiste

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