Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced the allocation of €5 million to the International Fund for Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced the allocation of €5 million to the International Fund for Ireland.Mr Flanagan said the (...)

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(...)

John Halligan’s extra-terrestrial-themed Christmas cards have attracted attention in recent years. This year’s offering features a sci-fi eye and contains the cryptic message: “It’s not what you see it’s how you see it”.

A sharp drop in the number of TDs and Senators sending taxpayer-funded Christmas cards is guaranteed this festive season as elected representatives fe(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin claimed the Government “is in office but not leading”. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The Dáil should have no confidence in a “tired, arrogant and complacent Government” which neither acknowledges nor addresses its “many and growing fa(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “We know it was an unacceptable farce; Irish Water was doomed to fail before even one meter was installed.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has accused the Government of failing to understand the impact of austerity on people when introducing water charge(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit said ‘The Irish Times’ poll reflected the reality that people had rejected Alan Kelly’s so-called concessions on water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Right 2 Water campaign has predicted tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of Dublin on December 10th to protest against water char(...)

US military use of Shannon Airport has long been a bone of contention for anti-war protesters. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government received over 700 requests * last year for waivers allowing them to transport * firearms and dangerous materials through Shannon Airpor(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Trapped for over two hours in her car at the weekend by a baying mob and yesterday, trapped in the Chamber for over 40 minutes and fearing her ears were about to bleed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill 4:44

“We’re listening,” they croaked, dripping with humility and contrition.“We have made mistakes.” A chastened Government front bench took up position in(...)