Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Everywhere that Fianna Fáil won seats there was talk of constituency work, the repeated mantra that forgets that a general election is a national one. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Is your head still spinning? Are you still wondering where we stand? The electorate clicked its heels and didn’t just end up in a tornado but created (...)

Labour’s Ciara Conway, Independent John Halligan, and John Deasy and Paudie Coffey of Fine Gael.

Fine Gael Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Labour backbencher Ciara Conway were the big losers in Waterford, where a resurgent Fianna Fáil topped t(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Abi Boxshall (2), from Lucan, at the  launch of Standing Up For Families, Labour’s plan for quality and affordable childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has pledged significant reductions in childcare costs if the Labour Party is returned to Government. Launching the plan along wi(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said when there is somebody who is ‘obviously and self-evidently suited to a particular position, then a Minister...may make that appointment’.

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has called on the Government not to engage in an “orgy farewell appointments” to State boards as its term i(...)

The appointment by Tánaiste Joan Burton of David Begg to the  role of  chair of the Pension Authority has been criticised.

Tánaiste John Burton has admitted using an exceptional clause in new guidelines to appoint David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority. Mr Begg(...)

Labour TD Ciara Conway expressed frustration that those who had reached 66 were still not receiving their pension payments. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Waterford Crystal workers have still not received their pensions despite agreement last December following a lengthy legal battle, the Dáil has heard.(...)

 Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ciara Conway,  who spoke in favour of the Sinn Féin proposal, were absent for the vote. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The Government last night rejected a Sinn Féin motion calling for the State to grant ethnic minority status to Travellers by 58 to 39 votes. Labour M(...)

Aodháin Ó Riordáin: everyone in the Dáil should stand by truth and “the truth is that the Travelling community in this State in this Republic are a distinct ethnic group” and they deserved recognition. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Dáil will vote on Wednesday on a Sinn Féin motion calling on the State to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. Minister of State for Equality (...)