We can picture it perfectly: Enda, with the usual grin, holding his charity docket up to the camera and betting on a Mayo win. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State Tom Hayes, Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty were having a very intense discussion about the Betting B(...)

Nobody was spared this Hitchcockian nightmare as the birds attacked.  And what was particularly galling for the politicians is that there was no pecking order.

They couldn’t escape Leinster House fast enough. Can’t blame them. We weren’t too far behind. It was carnage as people left. The ushers had to escort (...)

 Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring with  Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe   on Dame Lane, Dublin, during the announcement that Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Dublin’s tourism industry want to give Garth Brooks fans a weekend to remember in July.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There’s a grim summer in prospect for poor Joe McHugh. The new junior minister with responsibility for the Gaeltacht isn’t very good at speaking Ir(...)

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

“Mickeys missing!” shouted Enda, trying to be helpful.We scanned the ranks of the newly promoted Ministers of State arrayed on the steps in front of G(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed Ministers yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the State Reception Room in Áras an Uachtaráin, an insightful photographer made a telling request. “Could you all move a little to the left?”And in(...)

Joan Burton takes her first Opposition Leaders’ Questions as Tánaiste

Meanwhile, the ship of State drifts along on the tides, lights ablaze and with loud country music blaring from somewhere inside. Is there anyone at th(...)

The Man They Call Aherrin would never have allowed the Garth Brooks fiasco spiral out of control and upset hundreds of thousands of Irish mammies and men with John Wayne complexes. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Enda and Joan are playing their cards very close to their chests. “Snap!”The days are long in Government Buildings. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have to(...)

Ruairí Quinn: following Leaders’ Questions, he was seen in the chamber receiving hugs and kisses from his Labour colleagues. Photograph: Frank Miller

It was an emotional Cabinet meeting yesterday morning. Very fraught. Enda Kenny and Joan Burton were sick of the sight of each other, having spent six(...)

Lucinda Creighton: As she sees it, the job of European commissioner should not be “a matter of patronage or rewarding those leaving the Oireachtas or Cabinet”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lucinda is annoying Enda again. Not that the Independent TD for Dublin South East is bothered. She vowed in the Dáil on Thursday to keep up the pre(...)

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. (...)