Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly speaking to the media with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Since before Irish Water was an apple in Phil Hogan’s eye, it has struggled to keep itself out of hot water and barely a week has passed since the beg(...)

Before the banking inquiry ...  Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern “accounted for his stewardship   with some aplomb.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The banking inquiry has not produced the fireworks and public humiliations anticipated by many, but it is all the better for that. If it induces a sen(...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

The new Social Democrats party listed their values as: progress; equality; democracy and sustainability. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times 4:55

The three prominent Independent TDs who launched the Social Democrats party said they would insist on the abolition of water charges if negotiating to(...)

The promise of “an exciting new political venture” loses much of its bite when only three elected representatives are involved. As things stand, the l(...)

Technical group whip Catherine Murphy said new time limits would have serious implications for Independent TDs. Photograph: David Sleator

The technical group is seeking an urgent meeting with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett in a dispute over Dáil speaking time. Mr Barrett contacted the Ind(...)

 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(...)