John Perry TD: Stepped down as minister of State for small business in July of last year in a Government reshuffle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD John Perry is one of dozens of TDs who have appointed relations to positions during the lifetime of this Dáil. Mr Perry appointed his wif(...)

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd says TDs and Senators must put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd has told TDs and Senators to put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals.Mr O’D(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: decision to axe Expressway routes ‘huge setback for citizens in rural Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mass movement was a popular theme on Tuesday. In the Dáil, Gerry Adams worried about the national bus system. Ruth Coppinger was outraged at the ja(...)

Earlier this week, we published an article detailing the number of Dáil debates and committee meetings in which TDs had spoken during 2014.The piece a(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

  Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Eric Luke

An easing of austerity in the October budget has been signalled by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. He said the Government had been us(...)

 Leo Varadkar, backed up  Joan Burton  takes to his wheels on a new cycleway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael D’s garden party season is in full swing. He has held two of them already – the first, last Saturday, was for families and on Wednesday, he ho(...)

Robert Dowds TD, second from left, making the point that the boards of the CRC and St Vincent’s are unrepresentative and self-perpetuating. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is strange that it has taken so long for the focus to fall on the inflated salaries paid to some of the leading personalities in the voluntary sect(...)