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 (...)

Brian Crowley’s defection

An element of retribution was involved in Brian Crowley’s challenge to the authority of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin when he changed sides within(...)

Former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Jack Lynch and minister for foreign affairs Dr Patrick Hillery signing the treaty of accession to the European Economic Community  in Brussels in  1972. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the two would be spinning in their graves over Brian Crowley’s decision to join the ECR group in the European Parliament. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times.

Former taoiseach Jack Lynch and his close ally Paddy Hillery would be “spinning in their graves” at the idea of Fianna Fáil aligning itself with the r(...)

Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Eurosceptic grouping that Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley has joined, causing his expulsion from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, contains el(...)

Golden Dawn supporters in a rally outside the Greek parliament earlier this month. Greece was the only “bailout” country where the far-right made a breakthrough, the committe heard. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Media coverage of the European elections overstated the emergence of a “broad sweep of far-right parties rising across Europe”, a Trinity College Dub(...)

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has failed in her bid to form a political group in the European Parliament, having been unable to gain the requ(...)