Joan Burton has done it. Yesterday, she became the first woman to lead the Irish Labour Party since its foundation in 1912. Her story is now history. (...)

Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, but for how much longer?

Eamon Gilmore kicks off his final morning as leader of the Labour Party by hosting a breakfast meeting in Iveagh House. Ironically for him, tod(...)

On the plinth at Leinster House yesterday announcing his intention to retire Ruairí Quinn on the Leinster House plinth with colleagues yesterday

At midday in the sunshine, with uniformed ushers standing by and the crowd in place, Ruairí Quinn’s supporters marched him down from Leinster House an(...)

Joan Burton: Upon mature reflection, she might decide the mantle of leadership is too great a responsibility to take on and withdraw her name. And pigs might fly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Joan sidled in beside Enda during Questions to the Taoiseach and lingered in the Tánaiste’s pew until the Order of Business. Not, you understand, that(...)

 Leo Varadkar, backed up  Joan Burton  takes to his wheels on a new cycleway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael D’s garden party season is in full swing. He has held two of them already – the first, last Saturday, was for families and on Wednesday, he ho(...)

Brian Cowen. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Taoiseach’s wish to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to hold inquiries took a bit of a battering again yesterday. In the (...)

The bigger, more interesting question to emerge from this minor political kerfuffle was this: what has Brian Crowley been doing in Europe for the past 20 years?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MEP throws in his lot with “a crowd of headbangers”. Then he ups and leaves Fianna Fáil anyway. That’s politics for you. Fianna Fáil was stunned by Br(...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)

Peter Mathews:  he is not  a member of  the  banking inquiry but  he believes himself to be something of an authority on financial matters.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We are not going to adjust our adjustments just yet because it’s just too early to be doing any adjusting. We have to do a proper reading of the natio(...)

Minister for Social Protection and candidate for Labour Party leadership Joan Burton speaking to Jack O’Connor of Siptu at the weekend’s hustings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lines are being drawn at a terrific rate.But what sort?There are defining lines: the “thus far and no further” ones which politicians avoid like the p(...)