Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan meeting water protesters in Dublin this month. Neither Mr Flanagan nor Brian Crowley attended this week’s session of the parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Collins Photos

Irish MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley could face a 50 per cent cut in expenses for low attendance at the European Parliament plenary sess(...)

Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said that MEPs should attend the European Parliament at all times “in so far as they possibly can,” as h(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan:  had a voting rate of 16 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley have the worst voting record among Irish MEPs at the European Parliament, new figures show. Da(...)

European Parliament: our MEPs face a conundrum that lies at the heart of the system – the less visible one is at home, the less likely one is to be re-elected

Six months on from the European elections, figures from VoteWatch Europe present an interesting snapshot into the activities of Ireland’s 11 MEPs. Ire(...)

A byelection has been ordered to fill a vacancy arising in Seanad Éireann following the election of Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune to the European Parliament. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A byelection has been ordered to fill a vacancy arising in Seanad Éireann following the election of Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune to the European Parliame(...)

Former minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon tribunal at Dublin Castle in 2006. The tribunal has paid legal fees to builders Tom Brennan and Joseph McGowan, who it found made corrupt payments to Burke. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Mahon tribunal has begun making substantial payments to cover the legal fees of some of those it found to be involved in corruption in the planni(...)

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

Nessa Childers, whose resignation from Labour left her position in the S&D group untenable last year, has rejoined the fold. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As they took their seats in the European Parliament this week, the 751 MEPs elected in the 2014 elections had reasons to feel optimistic. After five y(...)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz reacts after his re-election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

It was a case of first day of school for Ireland’s newly elected MEPs yesterday as the first session of the eighth European Parliament got under way (...)