Power to the people: water-charge protesters on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Anadolu/Getty

For the sake of civility we’ll call them national conversations. Others might dub them soul-searching, or bandwagoning or shouting matches. Anyway, 20(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Party off, GarthMetro Herald, July 4th. After Dublin City Council blocks two of his Croke Park gigs, Garth Brooks starts issuing ultimatums: The great(...)

 Angela Kerins, former  chief executive of Rehab:    She and Frank Flannery threatened legal action to prevent details of their remuneration being discussed at the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Rehab Group has appointed a new board in a move aimed at improving oversight and rebuilding its battered reputation following controversy over h(...)

Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness: gave  insight into how the committee operates and what its real agenda is. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stephen Donnelly, the energetic Independent TD for Wicklow and east Carlow, is generally credited with having struck a severe blow to the credibili(...)

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins  claims she suffered ill health and had to leave her position as chief executive of Rehab as a result of her interaction with the PAC in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Lawyers for former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins have served papers on members of the Public Accounts Committee as part of her action claiming d(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was ‘not uncommon for officials and the chairman to meet with witnesses and for the chairman to explain the context and the procedures’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has reiterated his view that there was nothing unusual about his meeting with former Rehab chief executi(...)

File photograph of former Rehab chief Angela Kerins who has filed a High Court action for compensation arising from a PAC investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Public Accounts Committee plans a “robust” response to former Rehab chief Angela Kerins after she filed a High Court action for compensation ar(...)

Angela Kerins (right), former Rehab Group chief: The PAC, her counsel said, had “acted beyond its remit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Three large cardboard boxes filled with ring-binders were wheeled into court number nine of the High Court at 2pm yesterday. Through the handle of the(...)