The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, reviews an honour guard as he arrives for a meeting with the Italian prime minister  in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Quote of the week This is where Enda attempts to show solidarity with our Hellenic friends by lapsing into Greek. The Taoiseach was speaking in the N(...)

Prof John Crown outside Leinster House. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Medical Corner This week, Prof John Crown advises on the best course of action to follow if you suffer a nasty wallop to the ballots area. It’s near(...)

There were some sore Fianna Fáil heads around Leinster House on Thursday morning. People had been out late. Partying, apparently. The rumour mill went(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An ordinary afternoon of golf, it seemed. Picture the scene: the guys in their neatly pressed casual slacks and Pringle sweaters, sauntering around t(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace’s misgivings were seized upon by the two main Opposition leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

Less than a month ago – on Bloomsday to be precise – Mick Wallace stood up in the Dáil and issued a warning to Enda Kenny. The Taoiseach wasn’t(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to the media as he arrives for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Anglo Irish Bank was going down the tubes. Alarm bells were going off everywhere. But it wasn’t Brian Cowen’s job to keep a watchful eye on wha(...)

Charlie McCreevy “must have been taking lessons from Pee Flynn. On and on he went about the wonderful works he had wrought.” File photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:50

Charlie McCreevy didn’t give evidence to the banking inquiry. Instead, he held forth, at considerable length, about his own brilliance. It was a stun(...)

“We want Jack!” roared the enormous crowd. They had sweated in the June heat for hours and it wasn’t to see preening ministers and councillors.

Yes we all partied. Excessively, some may have said. Lost the run of ourselves and celebrated too much, according to others. People went mad, it’s (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Gerry Adams said a bold word in the Dáil yesterday. The Ceann Comhairle almost fainted. “That language is not acceptable. That language is not (...)