‘I have a whole dossier here about posters being taken down from Donegal to Tipperary,’ said Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly are great ones for the dossiers. Catherine Murphy also has one on the go at the moment – it’s jam-packed with stuff abo(...)

President Michael D Higgins, with his wife, Sabina, and Joe Duffy, surrounded by pupils of St Patrick’s National School, Ringsend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kay Keogh from Ringsend watched the happy scenes at the church door. The children had been very serious to begin with, concentrating deeply on forming(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Couldn’t explain the absence of deputies. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Having missed the Government’s much- trumpeted Spring Understatement on Tuesday, we were wholly unprepared yesterday for the buzz of excitement it has(...)

Members of Karen Buckley’s graduation class at her funeral  in Analeentha, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

In Analeentha churchyard as the funeral Mass was ending, a group of young nurses stepped from the crowd and formed two straight lines on either side o(...)

“Let Bobby in there, lads!” Micheál Martin puts one arm around byelection candidate Bobby Aylward as he salutes the party faithful at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke. 3:13

In the full and plenty days there was always a generous helping of meat in the middle of the FF sandwich. It sustained the party, helping it become st(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

Frank Daly, despite the best efforts of Joe Higgins to have him agree that the banks were “reckless” in the run-up the collapse, said they “displayed an attitude to lending which wasn’t rigorous”.

Remember the famous iodine tablets sent to every household for use in a nuclear emergency?The Government may have to do something similar again. Becau(...)

At this stage the flatulent rat was snoozing in the Taoiseach’s breast pocket.

It is not widely known, but the first person a new taoiseach encounters upon entering Government Buildings after a general election is a doctor.The do(...)

 Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald:  seemed to be sending out a very defiant message to those who would seek to censure her for abusing parliamentary privilege Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Enda was feeling the love yesterday morning. “It is rare that we get the chance to vote on something so unquantifiable yet transformative as love. But(...)