Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, along with  Gerry Adams (left) and members of Sinn Fein outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:28

A week of bitter exchanges between Sinn Féin and rival parties descended into chaos and farce yesterday when deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a (...)

Dick Spring: former Kerry North TD did not give any indication of who he would support in the leadership contest. Photograph: Joe St Ledger

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring is “extremely concerned” about the situation the party is in now, and said people are “beaten up” with a(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

Eamon Gilmore speaking at a press conference in Iveagh House, Dublin, this afternoon, during which he announced his resignation as Labour Party leader: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:58

Eamon Gilmore has announced his resignation as Labour leader in the wake of huge losses for his party at the local and European elections. Mr Gilmore,(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter with Minister for Health James Reilly. Alan’s bombshell resignation could hog the headlines for weeks and deflect attention from Calamity James.  But then the spotlight will be back on him. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

After a long and difficult break-up, the Taoiseach opted for a quickie settlement: Frances Fitzgerald got Justice and Charlie Flanagan was awarded the(...)

Senator David Norris is reported to have  used the word “fanny” on several occasions in the Seanad since 2009. Photograph: Collins 1:36

There is a confirmed tradition of the use of foul, profane and inept language in the Dáil going back years, the latest of which is the use by P(...)

Most Senators knew nothing of the visit to ‘the Land of the Rapidly Rising Row’ until they read about it last week. Photograph: Getty
Miriam Lord’s Week

Japanese trip sees Seanad all fired up Our report two weeks ago about a select group of Senators (and one TD) travelling to Japan for a six-nig(...)

“Taoiseach, if you turned up at a multi-billion merger and said ‘we’re not going to see any cost savings for the next five years and we’re locking in the workforce for the next 12’, you’d be fired on the spot. But not here.” Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

And Enda gazed and still his wonder grew, that so many small heads could carry all they knew . . . It’s the maps, you see. The men and women of the co(...)

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe: “It must focus on issues surrounding the economic collapse that have never been fully explored and establish the facts”

The Dáil last night debated the proposed Oireachtas banking inquiry and agreed to new structures for the holding of such an investigation.Government c(...)