Senator Fidelma Healy Eames: now a Reform Alliance member,  she said she had “decided with a heavy heart that I will not be renewing my Fine Gael membership”, adding that the party leadership “made it almost impossible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the TDs who lost the Fine Gael whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill last summer has been readmitted to the party’s pa(...)

Enda Kenny: “I don’t really have any interest in some of the bombastic triumphalism I might have heard in various quarters in the past few months.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzimons

Enda came into the Seanad with a pound of Connaught Gold in his pocket. He took a swig of water and smiled before larding it in lumps over the gratifi(...)

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today. She replaces Martin McAleese.

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today.Ms Naughton was nominated by Enda Kenny on Frid(...)