Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Former senator and minister of state Ivor Callely. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The High Court has varied the terms of former politician Ivor Callely’s bail to allow him temporarily leave the jurisdiction.Mr Callely, who was jaile(...)

John Halligan’s extra-terrestrial-themed Christmas cards have attracted attention in recent years. This year’s offering features a sci-fi eye and contains the cryptic message: “It’s not what you see it’s how you see it”.

A sharp drop in the number of TDs and Senators sending taxpayer-funded Christmas cards is guaranteed this festive season as elected representatives fe(...)

 Former politician Ivor Callely is seeking bail pending the outcome of his legal action aimed at overturning the Minister for Justice’s refusal to grant him temporary release. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jailed former politician Ivor Callely is seeking bail pending the outcome of his legal action aimed at overturning the Minister for Justice’s refusal (...)

Jailed former politican Ivor Callely has begun a High Court challenge aimed at overturning the Minister for Justice’s refusal to grant him temporary release from prison.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Jailed former politican Ivor Callely has begun a High Court challenge aimed at overturning the Minister for Justice’s refusal to grant him temporary (...)

Former senator and minister of state Ivor Callely is serving  a prison sentence for fraudulently claiming  a total of €4,207.45 in expenses using six invoices. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Reports that former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely was set for early release from his prison sentence for lodging bogus expenses claims have(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald , lays a wreath at the grave of Michael Collins, at the Collins Griffith Commemoration , at Glasnevin Cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael should recognise its roots lie in the values and philosophy of 1916 and should be proud of its association with the Easter Rising, rugby pun(...)

An echo from a grubby past

‘Low standards in high places”, was the accusation hurled by the late George Colley against his political rival Charlie Haughey. It had little effect.(...)

Mountjoy Prison reception wing: for the first 24 hours newcomers are housed in the relative comfort of B Base before going to permanent cells or another prison Photograph: David Sleator

Former minister of state Ivor Callely is due to be told this morning if he will stay in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, to begin his sentence, or if he wi(...)

 Former  junior minister of State Ivor Calley (centre) with members of his legal team outside Dublin Circuit Court yesterday.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Ivor Callely’s political life was long over before he was sentenced to five months in prison for submitting false expenses claims.Callely was never a (...)