Former tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring predicted yesterday “that it’s going to get very ugly”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

From Civil War politics to open war politics – and it’s becoming more uncivil by the day. We moved into some very strange territory yesterday. There i(...)

Face-off: participants in the Robinhoodtax.ie protest wear Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin masks outside the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

All afternoon, they sat and faced each other across the floor as a pointless dance went on around them. Enda Kenny, when not looking vaguely in Miche(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Members of the Irish Great War Society acting out a scene from the Rising in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

We love a good day out. Publicise it, and they will come. These may be heady days when hope and history rhyme, but the words “free” and “entertainmen(...)

Members of the Defence Forces march through  Dublin  as part of the programme of commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.  Photograph: Maxwells/AFP/Getty Images

At midday, they lowered the flag. And in the reflective silence, a nation stood proud and remembered. This was something special. It was truly a gr(...)

Michael Healy-Rae: Independent TD survived a seven-hour talks marathon on heavy-duty painkillers after being attacked and injured by a calving cow on his farm last weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Another Good Friday agreement was always too much to hope for, but it would be nice if the government negotiations could finish in time for the summer(...)

Micheál Martin: For the moment, he hasn’t really said what his party’s role might be in bringing about a new administration. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Time is beginning to drag in Leinster House. The days are getting longer. Much longer. We will lose an hour this Sunday when the clocks go forward, b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Yesterday, he was reduced to the role of mere actor surrounded by his acting ministers.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Dáil for a Day! It sounds like the sort of zany prize a radio station might offer to people with opinions on everything. Or one of those novelty act(...)

Gino Kenny TD of AAA-PBP and his mother Marie arrive for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For all the good wishes, optimism and smiles, a strange undercurrent of uncertainty made for an edgy first day in the 32nd Dáil. Perhaps, for the ne(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen, ‘superb displays of shape throwing and mandate-standing in the ‘bruiserweight’ category’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hello, and welcome to Leinster House for the 2016 Shape-Throwing Championships. You join us today as the preliminary stages come to a close. And wha(...)