John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)

 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(...)

Former tánaiste  Dick Spring, chairman of the mobile phone technology company.

A mobile phone technology company chaired by former tánaiste Dick Spring has gone into receivership in Tralee, Co Kerry, with the loss of 45 jobs loca(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: a fixture on Christmas television listings.

Everyone’s a critic, and that goes doubly so for members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, who yesterday got t(...)

The Department of Finance and the National Treasury Management Agency carry out regular sweeps to ensure they are not subject to any bugging or(...)

John O’Donoghue: former ceann comhairle also served as a minister in two Fianna Fáil governments. Photograph: David Sleator

Can Fianna Fáil’s John O’Donoghue be stopped by the party nationally from securing a nomination to contest the next general election in the new Kerry (...)

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(...)