Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Eoghan Murphy TD: carried out a survey of Fine Gael TDs, both backbenchers and Ministers, on various possible changes to how the Dáil chamber is run.     Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A survey of Fine Gael TDs, carried out as part of research on Dáil reform commissioned by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, has found that three out of every four(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, along with  Gerry Adams (left) and members of Sinn Fein outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:28

A week of bitter exchanges between Sinn Féin and rival parties descended into chaos and farce yesterday when deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a (...)

Lucinda Creighton: discussed joining the technical group yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The technical group of Independent TDs has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton claiming it will be “practically impossible” to(...)

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly resigned from the all-party Oireachtas committee  in protest at the Government’s behaviour

The Government was yesterday forced to respond to Stephen Donnelly’s resignation from the Oireachtas banking inquiry with an unexpected announcement (...)

The strength of opinion at the meeting of the Labour parliamentary party was such that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arranged an immediate meeting between concerned TDs and Senators and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

There were sharp exchanges at a private meeting of Labour TDs and Senators last night over the post office network, as well as some criticism a(...)

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey. He signalled a change in direction in 1980 with the warning: “We as a people are living way beyond our means.” Photograph: David Sleator

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s address on RTÉ tomorrow night to mark the end of the three- year EU-IMF bailout programme will be the sixth time a political le(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “The Central Bank is warning of a €9.3 billion mortgage debt mountain.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised the performance of the banks in dealing with the mortgage crisis. He said it was not good enough that they had fai(...)