Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: said  that if John Delaney wanted the people of Tipperary to vote for him, that was fine. But to say he was “actively canvassing” would be stretching it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Look. We’re all men and women of the world. We’re all grown-ups here. What a man decides to do in his private time is his own business. As long as it(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Chris Wall arrives at the Requiem Mass of PJ Mara at St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

For all the strategy and strokes and the showtime and spin, there comes a time when the polls have to close. They closed for PJ Mara when there was a(...)

PJ Mara and  Charles Haughey: Mara’s star was inextricably linked to the fortunes of the former taoiseach – political and otherwise. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Wall-to-wall tributes to PJ at the moment. In the main, they are affectionate, warm and nostalgic. After all, it’s PJ Mara we’re talking about here. (...)

It’s a fierce big job, sorting out the flooding, the Taoiseach explained to Dáil. “The answer to the problem is multi-faceted.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Young Simon Harris looked very happy on the front bench. Particularly when he found himself a piece of paper and a biro. The Taoiseach was talking awa(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton displays awesome power and artistry when she executes a flawless dive from a small kayak into raging floodwater in Kilkenny before rapidly scrambling to dry land. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

January The new year begins on a promising note when two sporting unknowns burst on to the scene and are immediately hailed as strong medal prospect(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Tánaiste Joan Burton with Ministers in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the results of the referendum on same-sex marriage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

From the start, Fine Gael and Labour flaunted their economic achievements and reassuring cohesion. It was all about offering Ongoing Mature Governan(...)

John Perry: Leinster House veterans thought he was wasting his time on what could have been a catastrophically-expensive frolic. Photograph: Courtpix

In time for Christmas, Leinster House witnessed a heartwarming Willy Wonka moment on the plinth yesterday. It was down to John Perry, the Charlie Buc(...)

Simon Harris, Minister of the year: he’s been impressively combatant, competent and confident all year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Lovely Boy Competition: Micheál Martin The Fianna Fáil leader sashays away with our coveted tiara following a delightful performance in Cork last we(...)

 Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams: his fabled trip to Manhattan for medical treatment got another run-out.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The lads were a bit giddy. Sure it’s nearly Christmas. They got more rowdy as Leaders’ Questions progressed. The quips were flying. Government backben(...)

Enda Kenny: The Taoiseach  said that sometimes the experts don’t always get it right. ‘A lot of older people have great experience of drainage patterns,’ he mused.

A tough day for Enda yesterday. He must have felt crushed when the realisation dawned that he won’t now achieve one of his lifelong ambitions. He onl(...)