Frank Flannery: While his description of the Fine Gael campaign as one of the worst he ever saw drew most attention, his critique of how the party operates in Government was of more long-term interest. Photograph: Eric Luke

There was a recent assumption among some in the Labour Party that, given the scale of its mauling in the local and European elections, it was the Coal(...)

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

 Leo Varadkar:  refreshing directness. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar needs to be careful. Such is his press and public acclaim these days that some of Enda Kenny’s apparatchiks might decide become to do a M(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: time is of the essence. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The bookshelves of Jimmy Deenihan’s new office in the Department of the Taoiseach are still empty, but on the desk of the country’s first Minister of (...)

 Pearse Doherty today accused the media of failing to hold those in power to account and told delegates at the MacGill  summer School that   Ireland was unique in not having any left-wing media.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil-style cronyism “is as prevalent as ever within the current Government” and there is no prospect of either a radical vision or a shift of f(...)

The Minister and the language

A chara, – Aidan Doyle, in his rather downbeat article “Irish language is not a part of us – it must be learned” (July 19th), is quite wrong in implyi(...)

File photograph Michael McDowell who  has questioned why Mr Kenny did not give an explanation to the Dáil on Mr Callinan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell has attacked the Coalition’s plans for an independent Garda authority, and said the Dáil was “confronted(...)

Last Tuesday morning, before the reshuffle of Ministers of State was announced, former Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates – who knows a thing or two about (...)

Mary Lou McDonald: interview showed her rewriting the past

The Dáil adjourned for the summer recess with a publicity stunt from Sinn Féin which served as a reminder to all the other parties of just what a ruth(...)

“We have at the moment the highest number of women representatives around the table in the history of the State. So it’s not about an individual reshuffle here,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today, in relation to the reshuffle of junior ministers. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended his decision not to appoint any women as Ministers of State in the recent reshuffle of junior ministers.He said a mi(...)