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 (...)

Clare Daly outside Leinster House following the defeat of the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Before explaining why his Government was about to vote down a Bill aimed at helping parents struggling to come to terms with a fatal diagnosis for the(...)

Right to left: Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett of Combilift, Tom Kelly of Enterprise Ireland,  Richard Bruton, Heather Humphreys, Senator Joe O’Reilly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Seán Conlan and . . . Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin! Photograph: Photobomb

At first glance, it looks like yet another PR picture for the Taoiseach and his jobs minister. Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton were in Monaghan yesterda(...)

Nose for trouble: Gerry Adams. Photograph: Eric Luke

Roadworks and discommoded rodents might be to blame for the current outbreak of twitching nostrils in the Dáil. Micheál Martin is sniffing the atmosph(...)

Enda Kenny: he and his Ministers “will feel shame each time they have to look upon Alan Shatter’s wistful, martyred face”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Commission of inquiry into the findings of the Guerin report?Bring it on!Alan Shatter must have been delighted when he heard the news.Wheel in that Hi(...)

Simon Coveney: Kenny didn’t spare the Minister for Agriculture’s blushes when he was late for the farmers. Three words, Enda: pot, kettle, black. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Taoiseach was buttering up the farmers big time at a dinner in the Red Cow Hotel on Tuesday night. The occasion was the 60th annual meeting of the(...)

Mr Kenny sailed through Leaders’ Questions without shipping much damage. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Taoiseach came out on radio yesterday. It was a very brave thing to do. He is to be commended. It was known for some time among certain people in (...)

Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd Barrett: challenged the quality of art and philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was wall to wall Aer Lingus in Leinster House. The plinth was badly congested all afternoon as an endless queue of TDs and Senators from north Co D(...)

Brian Cody addressed the troops at Joan Burton’s think-tank in Portlaoise. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Who will tell the TDs? There’ll be a riot. Thursday was a dark day for Leinster House with the shock news that the authorities have “dropped” f(...)