Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. Trotskyite: A passive-aggressive (and more economical) way to describe members of Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, along with other left-wing candidates. Photograph: Collins Courts

What does it usually mean? An archaic name for a follower of the ideas of Russian Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky. What does it(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett at the launch of his election campaign in Dun Laoghaire.

The Anti Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) announced something of a merger last year to campaign on a platform of opposition to wa(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

Minister For Health Leo Varadkar: said it appeared some girls first suffered symptoms at about the time they received the vaccine, and understandably some parents had connected it to their daughters’ condition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Teenage girls who believe the ill-health they are suffering is because of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer should be treated based on their sy(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

Alan Shatter: “I would hope now that the Pulse system is only ever appropriately accessed.”

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has suggested members of the Garda routinely use the Pulse database as a “social website” to obtain “gossip” (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

One of the first decisions of a new government after the general election will be whether to send another Irish naval vessel to the Mediterranean to (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has clai(...)

Independent TD Clare Daly:  called on Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to include the 2009 Surveillance Act and the 1993 Interception of Postal Packages and Telecommunications Messages Act in the review to be conducted by former chief justice John Murray.  Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A call has been made by Independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace for a review of all legislation linked to surveillance and not just that involvin(...)