Denis O’Brien. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Denis O’Brien’s legal action over speeches made in the Dail in relation to his banking affairs with Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) has been (...)

A protester burns a water bill on O’Connell Street, Dublin, during a demonstration against water charges on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA 1:31

Demonstrators burned Irish Water bills outside the GPO on O’Connell Street today as thousands turned out in Dublin city centre to protest against dome(...)

Technical turmoil yields an unintentionally classic edition of ‘Liveline’, but also allows Joe Duffy to remind listeners of his professionalism. Photograph: Alan Betson

Odd as it might seem for a boy from Ballyfermot to evoke comparisons with the poet laureate of British imperial ardour, there really are times when Jo(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)

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 (...)

Denis O’Brien: said significant financial losses were likely if his banking affairs were to be made public. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The High Court has refused RTÉ’s application to fully discharge an injunction restraining publication of certain information relating to the banking (...)

Party central: Catherine Murphy, the Kildare North TD, hopes to fight the general election as part of a new Irish political party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Another new political party? I thought Renua Ireland had captured that space No, it’s not Renua. It has emerged this week that three Independent TDs a(...)

The cost, in time and money, of establishing a new political party is horrendous. This harsh reality and the uncertainty of the public’s response enco(...)

‘On Tuesday when the Taoiseach began to tell the Dáil that he has “been a supporter for a very long time of the idea that Dáil questions should be answered as fully and as completely as possible” the Opposition laughed in his face.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In January 1992, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, while chairing the long and expensive beef tribunal felt compelled to make the following observation: “If t(...)

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)