Jonathan Irwin said he was still a strong supporter of Renua. Photograph: The Irish Times

Renua Ireland has lost a second general election candidate in two weeks with Jonathan Irwin confirming he will not be running for Lucinda Creighton’s (...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has accussed the EPA of not “bringing to heel” industrial polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been accused in the Seanad of failing to act as a reliable pollution watchdog for the public. Ind(...)

 Independent TD Shane Ross with Feargal Quinn and members of the Independent Alliance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Independent Alliance would not “prop up” any government, it said yesterday as it unveiled its latest recruits. The grouping headed by Independent (...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell, who became an Independent member of the Seanad in its byelection last year, has twice applied to a  group of five Independent Senators but has twice been rebuffed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It seems the first ever group for Independent Senators is not open to all non-aligned Senators - but only those who meet its approval. Gerard Craughw(...)

Gerard Craughwell: “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say we are treating local elected representatives in a shabby way is an understatement.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

City and county councillors are inadequately paid, said Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell. “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say(...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

  Eddie Hobbs with Lucinda Creighton  at  the launch of Renua. The controversy over whether he will run as a candidate is not an issue for the party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Renua Ireland has said the controversy over whether Eddie Hobbs will run as a candidate is not an issue for the party.There has been criticism from c(...)

Kevin Kilbane visited Leinster House this week in the company of Mayo TD Michael Ring. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

So Enda came out on Thursday night and named the day for the same-sex marriage referendum. It’s May 22nd.And he was the toast of Longford as a result,(...)