Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s  Labour Party takes part in his first Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in Westminster, September 16th. Photograph: REUTER/Parliament TV

It has been fascinating to watch the first days of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the British Labour Party. His election says much about the anti-esta(...)

‘The Taoiseach made no comment on Fennelly’s criticism of the failure to record decisions in his statement responding to the report. The Tánaiste also had nothing to say on the point.’ Above, Mr Justice Nial Fennelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

While there has been intense political controversy about some of the findings in the Fennelly report there can be little dispute about the weaknesses (...)

‘All of the key decisions which led to the situation where Martin Callinan was put under this pressure to retire were made at meetings run by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.’  Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

The word “however” is often the most important utterance in any judgment. There is a big and important “however” in the middle of the key paragraph(...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, (...)

“We don’t have to talk politics or get too serious,” she said. “I just want to know what’s on your mind”.  Above, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton. Photograph: Michael Appleton/The New York Times

Hillary Clinton keeps asking me for money. In fact, I am beginning to think that it is her only interest in me. About three months ago I registered my(...)

‘The new Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, the Economic Management Council, and the Cabinet  redesigned the project in a way that stripped Irish Water of all its original justification.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Not since Sellafield has a company name seemed as toxic to the Irish public as Irish Water. Even though it deals in a life-giving rather than a life-t(...)

‘After the election the parties simply ignored their pre election commitments. The current Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett (above) was chosen by the then Taoiseach elect Enda Kenny and approved by the Dáil without any vote.’  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Each year, MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland asks a leading public figure to deliver a keynote address on the opening night in the form of(...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

 At the Fianna Fail manifesto  launch, 2007, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern   and Finance Minister Brian Cowen ...a pre-election auction of tax cuts and spending increases broke out which was even more intense than predicted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Good historical research requires seeing matters through documents or accounts generated around the time of events. Later accounts are likely to be wr(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny – Pondering an election date .... Averaging out its performance in the 17 polls since mid December, Fine Gael is on 25 per cent, a small improvement on how it performed up to December. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

On December 5th last year, just before the Dáil rose for Christmas, we took some time here to look at how the various parties had performed in a poll (...)