Lucinda Creighton: said she  was not from a political background and had no time for TDs who viewed politics almost as a family business Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s looking increasingly likely that Lucinda Creighton will take the plunge in the new year and set up a new political party.She may be talking about(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: primary school pupils have “a far better view than Sinn Féin appear to have” on water charges. Photograph: Photocall

It’s not that we weren’t concerned about the “ordinary people, particularly women” going about their business by walking in “an ordinary way” as “ordi(...)

Vincent Browne: “Oh, dear God, I couldn’t get out, I COULDN’T GET OUT!  What happened to Joan Burton is nothing compared to that stuff in there.”    Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

We were only over the shock of the Tánaiste’s ordeal in Tallaght when news landed of yet another atrocity visited upon a defenceless citizen going abo(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: went and ruined everything by announcing she wasn’t going to beat her way into the Dáil chamber, resume her sit-in and force the ushers to carry her out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unbearable tension in Leinster House when the Dáil returned for business on Tuesday. The ushers were wearing shinpads and loosening up by lifting dumb(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Trapped for over two hours in her car at the weekend by a baying mob and yesterday, trapped in the Chamber for over 40 minutes and fearing her ears were about to bleed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill 4:44

“We’re listening,” they croaked, dripping with humility and contrition.“We have made mistakes.” A chastened Government front bench took up position in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings yesterday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Enda Kenny is trying to do a Moses today. He needs to part the raging reds’ sea and lead his frightened and exhausted coalition through walls o(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Gerry Adams: delivered victim-centred reproach in response to allegations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 4:33

There were two victims in the Dáil chamber yesterday. One, Maíria Cahill, sat silently in the visitors’ gallery. She says she is a victim of sexual ab(...)

Joe Higgins: said Enda Kenny had to be protected by gardaí as a result of popular discontent.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

And with one bound, our hero was free. Until next Wednesday. Everything will be explained then. Where once there was fear and anxiety, there will be c(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  arriving at the Fr Frank Brown photography exhibition  in Farmleigh yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Enda Kenny was hugely popular in the Dáil bar on Wednesday night. He was surrounded by admirers in the members’ restaurant too. In a very d(...)