Mattie McGrath: ‘Food at Leinster House has improved and there’s a lot more variety.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE MCGRATH What would be a typical day of food at Leinster House for you? I’d start with a bowl of fruit in the morning (...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Averil Power left Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So what has Old Moore’s Almanac got for us this month? Under his predictions for Ireland for May, he had this:   ‘Female Irish politic(...)

Averil Power: her interview on Moncrieff provided a rare glimpse of a politician throwing off the pressures and hypocrisies of party loyalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just as Dolly Parton famously quips that it takes a lot of money for her to look so cheap, one suspects that sounding flippant is a serious business f(...)

When a roomful of mostly middle-aged men “scoffed” at the suggestion by the young woman that they should go out an do a bit of canvassing on marriage (...)

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins told RTÉ’s Today programme he was disappointed with the manner of the decision by Averil Power (above) to leave the party. He disagreed with her claim that the vast majority of the party’s elected representatives refused to campaign for the same-sex marriage referendum. 4:08

Two Fianna Fáil TDs have jumped to the defence of party leader Micheál Martin in the wake of the shock resignation of Senator Averil Power. Billy Kel(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin addresses the party’s ardfheis in the RDS.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:31

Fianna Fáil is ready to go back into Government, the party leader told its ardfheis in Dublin tonight. Micheál Martin told delegates the party was pre(...)

Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, who chairs the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, has  called for a rethink of the “divestment” policy in education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is being urged to reverse plans to create “competing” school patrons at primary level amid claims that it is exa(...)

Lynn Ruane (centre, with arms wide) with some of her campaign team.

A single mother and drugs addiction worker from Tallaght in west Dublin has won an emotional victory in the race for president of Trinity College D(...)