Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd Barrett: challenged the quality of art and philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was wall to wall Aer Lingus in Leinster House. The plinth was badly congested all afternoon as an endless queue of TDs and Senators from north Co D(...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he is ‘quite confident in predicting that some form of alliance or common platform will be established’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Four new political parties or alliances could be established by the summer in anticipation of a general election occurring earlier than the scheduled(...)

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)

Joe Higgins (right) said he expected tens of thousands of people to participate in the march, which he believed could have a “material impact” on  water charges, the austerity agenda and the durability of the Government 0:55

The Government is again insisting the real test of its revised water charges package remains the amount of people who sign up with Irish Water rather (...)

Socialist Party TDs (from left) Ruth Coppinger TD, Paul Murphy TD and Joe Higgins TD. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

An anti-water charge protest in Dublin on Wednesday will highlight that the Government’s “trickery” in offering concessions to the public has not work(...)