Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I do not intend to call a general election until it is appropriate to do so.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

So the Government intends to stick around for its full term of office, which means a general election early next year. At least, that’s the official l(...)

Paul Murphy: “Minister Kelly is swaggering around the place like Nelson from The Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Shades of the Dublin South West byelection in the Dáil yesterday when Sinn Féin raced into what looked like an unassailable lead, only for the Anti Au(...)

Gerry Adams TD: “In fairness, he was going to pay and he changed his mind,” said Fine Gael TD Ray Butler.

A modest contribution? That’s what the Taoiseach kept talking about yesterday.You don’t get many of those in the Dáil.But Enda wasn’t suggesting a sha(...)

Lucinda Creighton: the luminous Woman in White at the launch of the new party Renua. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 12:26

At least it’s a start. Ireland’s new political party is off the fence and walking the walk in a virtuous circle, holding a new conversation wit(...)

More than  30,000 republicans were involved in the conflict in Northern Ireland, any of whom could have been abusers, Pádraig MacLochlainn told Newstalk

Why is Sinn Féin being singled out here? It’s most unfair. You can’t expect a political party/republican movement the size of Sinn Fein to know about (...)

Fore! Look out – the announcements will be flying for the rest of the year.Four! That’s how many years Fine Gael and Labour are in power. The sun went(...)

The Europa Hotel in Belfast: The trip promises a stay at the hotel “which was bombed and refurbished a staggering 28 times during the Troubles”. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Funds of Sinn Féin, sorry, Friends of Sinn Féin recently alerted American subscribers to its mailing list about a 1916- themed trip to the Auld Sod. “(...)

Ruth Coppinger: she asked would the Tánaiste deal “with the growing problem of the feminisation of poverty”

The ladies have come a long way. Take Joan Burton. You wouldn’t think it to look at her but she’s vicious. The type of character you’d be wary of meet(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett:  “Those who continue to shout here are not doing themselves any good.” So there. Photograph: Frank Miller

“Interruptions”. That’s the word they use in the official record.A polite way to indicate ructions. Deputies shouting and roaring, roaring and shoutin(...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)