Reforming the Dáil is a bit like draining the Shannon: improvements in one area do not necessarily translate into a better overall performance. The Ex(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan (centre) photographed with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) and  and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan (left) at the conference The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The parliamentary whip system is too rigid and should be relaxed, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said. Mr Flanagan suggested TDs sh(...)

Eoghan Murphy TD: carried out a survey of Fine Gael TDs, both backbenchers and Ministers, on various possible changes to how the Dáil chamber is run.     Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A survey of Fine Gael TDs, carried out as part of research on Dáil reform commissioned by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, has found that three out of every four(...)

In spite of repeated attempts, Rob Wright declined to offer a view on whether it was acceptable for the European Central Bank to decline a request to attend the inquiry.

Day two of the banking inquiry. This time its was the turn of Canadian Rob Wright to face nearly four hours of questioning from the committee about a (...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

Mick Wallace: Independent asked why Irish Water would not be responsible for dealing with pollution, flooding or storm water. Photograph: Alan Betson

When is the Tánaiste not the Tánaiste?When she’s in the Dáil answering questions to do with her Cabinet portfolio but speaking in a personal capacity.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Ciaran Lynch of Labour, who is chairing the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs and Senators on the banking inquiry objected to the prospect of public hearings being held as late as May or June 2015 at the committee’s inaugura(...)

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has said the argument over which politicians should be represented on the banking inquiry should end and the long-awaited investigation should proceed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has accused the Government of trying to control the banking inquiry “lock, stock and barrel”.He said the(...)

Independent Trinity Senator Sean Barrett has been voted onto the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s majority on the banking inquiry is in doubt after a Seanad committee voted to place two Opposition Senators on the long-awaited inves(...)