Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Government of ignoring the constitutional convention’s recommendations and reports, saying “No one signed up to this process to be ignored, sidelined, second-guessed or patronised.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil will vote next week on the proposal to elect the ceann comhairle by secret ballot. The ceann comhairle, who presides over Dáil proceedings(...)

It’s a fierce big job, sorting out the flooding, the Taoiseach explained to Dáil. “The answer to the problem is multi-faceted.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Young Simon Harris looked very happy on the front bench. Particularly when he found himself a piece of paper and a biro. The Taoiseach was talking awa(...)

Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins has outlined allegations of serious irregularities involving public bodies and taxpayers’ money in the Dáil. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Allegations of serious irregularities involving public bodies and taxpayers’ money in the assembling of a site that now houses offices of the Departm(...)

President Michael D Higgins signed two more pieces of legislation into law on Tuesday. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins signed two more pieces of legislation into law on Tuesday. Mr Higgins signed the Electoral (Amendment) Bill and the Plann(...)

The sight of Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Ann Phelan piloting a piece of legislation through committee and final stages all on her own drew some adverse comment in the media but Government and Opposition TDs were unrepentant about abandoning the chamber

The Dáil adjourned for Christmas with a minimum of the ritual shouting and roaring that usually marks the end of a parliamentary session. It was as i(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has described his party’s absence from a Dáil debate as ‘unacceptable’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has described his party’s absence from a Dáil debate as “unacceptable”. No Opposition TDs showed up to a debate in the (...)

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A Minister of State ended up effectively talking to herself in the Dáil yesterday. Ann Phelan was front and centre stage in the House with not a sin(...)

Speaking afterwards about his absence during the committee stage debate, Niall Collins said he had been there for the entire second stage debate and made a contribution outlining the party’s position in full. Photograph: The Irish Times

A Minister of State was the only TD present in the Dáil chamber for the final stages of debate on Monday on legislation to complete the closure of St (...)

Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan: Labour needs ‘real numbers’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A group of Labour TDs, including a Minister of State, has said the party should not re-enter a coalition with Fine Gael after the election if it does (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan at the launch of Be Winter Ready.

The State is more prepared for the risks, difficulties and challenges that come with the winter months now than it has ever been, said Minister for De(...)