Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

Brendan Howlin:  Clare deputy Michael McNamara said the entire front bench of the Labour Party “has failed and needs to go en masse, with the exception of Brendan Howlin”.

A Labour TD has said most of the party’s frontbench should resign, while others have expressed unease about the party’s direction. The Clare deputy M(...)

 Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore raised the issue of the weekend call for his  resignation as Labour leader by MEP Phil Prendergast.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told his TDs and senators last night that his door is always open to them if they have any concerns about the party or his lead(...)

Phil Prendergast MEP and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  pictured on a visit to Carlow College yesterday. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

There is no question of Eamon Gilmore’s leadership of Labour being threatened before the local and European elections, and yesterday’s events h(...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow described President Michael D Higgins’ visit as ‘historic’. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

Dozens of intrigued tourists stood outside Sovereign’s Entrance in the Palace of Westminster yesterday as the Lifeguards, resp(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for an EU summit in Brussels: refused to support  calls rebuking the Garda Commissioner. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Labour Ministers are maintaining pressure on Martin Callinan, in defiance of efforts by(...)

The strength of opinion at the meeting of the Labour parliamentary party was such that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arranged an immediate meeting between concerned TDs and Senators and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

There were sharp exchanges at a private meeting of Labour TDs and Senators last night over the post office network, as well as some criticism a(...)

Louth TD Ged Nash: attended exhibition. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ten-year-old Alessandra Fleming, over from Perth in Australia, was walking around the exhibition room in Belfast City Hall listening to her mother Chr(...)

It seems leader Eamon Gilmore and his deputy Joan Burton do not enjoy the most harmonious of working relationships. Joan, say some, is after Eamon’s job. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

And with summer’s end came the Omnibabble, when Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil held forth as one with a triple whammy of political think-ins.Not ma(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)