Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

 Roisin Shortall: TD says the Dáil must be recalled to discuss and debate the report.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Labour Party should have “stood up and spoken out” over the contents of the Fennelly report, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. Ms Shor(...)

Senator James Heffernan, whom the Social Democrats will announce as a general-election candidate.

A Senator who lost the Labour Party whip over budget cuts will be announced as one of the latest election candidates for the new Social Democrats late(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: “I am very much aware that there are a number of individuals, both acting individually and acting in consort, involved in organised crime in a number of the areas mentioned by the Senator”

People linked with the Provisional IRA are still involved in criminality in the Republic but not on the same scale as in Northern Ireland, Garda sourc(...)

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)

Senator James Heffernan: “I would like to see a common policy platform out forward by like-minded independent people . . . “

A Senator who claims he was “evicted” by the Labour Party from his office in Leinster House, after voting against the government on a number of import(...)

Sen Ronan Mullen: said some babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities went on to live for months and even years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Independent Ronan Mullen criticised the abortion Bill defeated in the Dáil on Tuesday.The Bill, introdu(...)

Cathaoirleach  Paddy Burke of Fine Gael holds the casting vote in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government looks increasingly likely to win the crucial Seanad vote on the Water Services Bill this evening. At least three of the Independent Sen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Eamon Gilmore once played the beautiful game called democracy. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: got their way with the Oireachtas Committee

Day one of World Cup 2014, and before a ball was kicked or a beer cracked open we were already embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. And to think we on(...)

David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)