John Tierney, MD of Irish Water: held a briefing with TDs and Senators at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Fine Gael TD last night warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may not be able to support the party in the Dáil unless the Government began listening to its(...)

Derek Nolan, centre: told the Dáil the level of anger on the streets of Galway about Irish Water was off the scale. Photograph: David Sleator

Government backbenchers expressed concern in the Dáil yesterday about Irish Water and the charges to be implemented. Sean Kyne (FG) said he wished he(...)

 Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

“Few TDs are perceived to be more holier-than-thou than Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Labour Party TD for Dublin Bay North.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish psyche can be a hard thing to fathom at the best of times. A politician might be up to all kind of things but will only be utterly condemned(...)

(From left) Martin Heydon TD, Anthony Lawlor TD and Richard Bruton TD at a Fine Gael meeting on Thursday on the referendum to abolish the Seanad.

Fine Gael has succeeded in flipping Paddy Hillery’s famous exhortation to a Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis a generation ago: “You can have Boland but you ca(...)

Kevin Humphreys, one of the Labour backbench TDs who wrote a letter published in  The  Irish Times today. “We will do as much austerity as is needed to secure the recovery. Not a cent more,” they say. Photograph: Davd Sleator

Budget tensions are escalating between Fine Gael and Labour as TDs in the two Government parties clash over the fiscal plan for 2014 . Amid pre(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has hardened the Government’s criticism of the troika over its insistence on a €3.1 billion adjustment in Oct(...)