The Dáil  resumed on Tuesday with the Opposition  accusing Fine Gael and Labour of showing contempt for the House. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV 1:44

The Government has won a Dáil vote on a motion of confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny by 94 to 52. The vote followed a three-hour debate during which t(...)

Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

There is an old saying in Irish politics that the first thing on the agenda for any new political party is the split. As soon as the two main Trotskyi(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance member Ruth Coppinger, TD. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People before Profit are to join forces in a bid to form new left-wing party. In a statement, the two groups confirmed(...)

Alan Dukes, former chairman of the IBRC. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The board and management of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) might have achieved a “better return” for the State had the institution been a(...)

Ethna Tinney, former independent non-executive director at EBS arriving at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ethna Tinney. How did that woman get on to the board of a major financial institution? What were the lads thinking? Wouldn’t you think the banking hot(...)

Socialist TD Joe Higgins: “This will only further emphasise the need to abolish water charges.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Finance has insisted the Eurostat decision will have no impact on budgetary decisions or the cost of water charges. Michael Noonan (...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has refused to return to Ireland to appear before the banking inquiry. File photograph: Josh Reynolds for The Irish Times

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has been advised it should not hear evidence from David Drumm because it would allow him to have an advantage over t(...)

 Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. File photograph: The Irish Times

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm is expected to contradict evidence given to the banking inquiry by Brian Cowen about what was disc(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive  David Drumm: offered to give the Oireachtas banking inquiry evidence by video from the United States. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

A majority of members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry do not support David Drumm’s offer to provide video evidence to the committee from the Unit(...)

Pat Rabbitte: Landed several blows that winded the windy Senator Marc Mac Sharry. Photograph: The Irish Times 7:23

A strange turn of events. Senator Marc Mac Sharry insisting he knows nothing. Everyone else convinced that he does. An unexpected departure from th(...)