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(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

Alan Dukes said the differency between the EU and other countries on the financial crisis had been the ‘tardiness of the response’.

The Dáil has said nothing about the “barbarities” being perpetrated on the people of Gaza from two sides, apart from “one opportunistic and shambolic (...)

Demonstrating Solidarity

Sir, – Gerry Adams (July 22nd) states that “The citizens of Gaza may hear of the Irish parliament extending solidarity to them.”The trouble is that th(...)

Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Politicians should have enough trust in voters to turn down demands for projects such as schools rather than giving in to every request, Minister for (...)

Micheál Martin said he had a huge issue with some in Sinn Féin calling those who took part in the Boston College oral history project “touts and informers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will not go into Government with Sinn Féin, while Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he “cann(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Bruton’s recent reassertion that he was a “Redmondite” drew a speedy response in this newspaper’s letters page. Gerry Adams recently referred to (...)

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(...)

Nobody was spared this Hitchcockian nightmare as the birds attacked.  And what was particularly galling for the politicians is that there was no pecking order.

They couldn’t escape Leinster House fast enough. Can’t blame them. We weren’t too far behind. It was carnage as people left. The ushers had to escort (...)

Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Tánaiste of “a limp and lily-livered’’ response to the issue ,

The Dáil yesterday observed a minute’s silence in solidarity with the people of Gaza. The gesture was proposed by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who, w(...)