John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has clai(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Tánaiste has said she appointed David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority because he was “eminently qualified” for the job. “He has years (...)

 David Begg: defending her decision to appoint Mr Begg as Pensions Authority chairman, Joan Burton said he “has an outstanding record in this area”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Joan Burton faces a motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week over her decision to bypass a competitive process and appoint former trade (...)

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has said Sinn Féin would need to undergo a “Pauline conversion to democracy” before his group could support(...)

Independent TD John Halligan: “The evidence is that Article 40.3.3 does not stop Irish abortions, it merely exports our problem.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said his pledge to hold a citizens’ assembly to debate abortion if re-elected to government is the way to deal with the issu(...)

John Halligan: ‘We are talking about people who, in their most desperate moment of life, are being deprived of their humanitarian rights.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent TD John Halligan moved a Private Member’s Bill providing for “a dignified and peaceful end of life’’ for qualifying persons. He said the(...)

Sitting Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan who is not leaving the party for the Independent Alliance, according to party leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has denied claims TD Sandra McLellan is considering joining the Independent Alliance. Ms McLellan has decided not to run(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace: “It’s a good weekend for them [arms dealers] because it looks like there’s going to be even more arms used.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The West is arming both sides in the Syrian conflict and in Iraq and has created Islamic State, Independent TD Mick Wallace has claimed. Mr Wallace (...)

Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy TD outside the Dáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sloppy planning and construction legislation has resulted in unnecessary bills for management companies for many residents in multi-unit developments,(...)