Joan Burton:  The content of her speech was good. The emphasis was on Labour’s role in the recovery, with its implied staying hand on  Fine Gael. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

Ireland awoke to reassuring news from Killarney yesterday morning: Labour is keeping an eye on The National Carrier.Their Skibbereen Eagle moment.The (...)

Artist Conor Casby’s portraits of Joan Burton, Enda Kenny and Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael escaped lightly on the protest front in Castlebar last week. Delegates had been expecting to run the gauntlet as they made their way into th(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the sight of him smirking and whispering to Frances Fitzgerald while the Opposition were asking serious questions deeply irritated them. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s rather dispassionate approach is driving the Opposition mad. Dr Leo often sounds like those GPs who, having listened to a patient’s com(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: decision to axe Expressway routes ‘huge setback for citizens in rural Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mass movement was a popular theme on Tuesday. In the Dáil, Gerry Adams worried about the national bus system. Ruth Coppinger was outraged at the ja(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny: “Hands up, with his fists quickly opening and snapping shut, he looked like he was being bothered by fruit flies.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

But enough about Enda Kenny the god. Time to celebrate Enda Kenny the man. The Taoiseach was never going to live up to his advance billing on S(...)

Kevin Kilbane visited Leinster House this week in the company of Mayo TD Michael Ring. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

So Enda came out on Thursday night and named the day for the same-sex marriage referendum. It’s May 22nd.And he was the toast of Longford as a result,(...)

The Taoiseach had a few figures of his own and he gave them straight to the Sinn Féin leader in the sort of form he likes best – an All-Ireland context.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The 40a used to be a bus route to Finglas. But it was done away with. So Fine Gael and Labour took over the number after the 2011 election and parked (...)

Gerry Adams  welcomed “the emergence of the United Popular Front Against Sinn Féin, led by Micheál Martin, Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd Barrett”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Boyd Barrett had good news for Gerry Adams. In fact, he had the very best of good news for the Sinn Féin leader, but “in a peculiar way”. The (...)

A good smattering of TDs joined Gabrielle (Gab) McFadden to shooting the breeze in Irish in the Dáil this week.

The Dáil visitors’ bar was doing a roaring trade on Wednesday morning. And no, it wasn’t TDs and Senators gasping for a hair of the dog ahead of the(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter:  is “greatly concerned” the draft Bill hasn’t yet been published by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Alan Shatter made a brief appearance in the Dáil canteen on Tuesday night. Around the same time, the former minister for justice was appearing in the (...)