Senator Feargal Quinn: joins TDs John Halligan, Finian McGrath and Tom Fleming in the grouping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator Feargal Quinn is to join the Independent Alliance, it has emerged. Mr Quinn is expected to confirm his decision at a press conference today. T(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

The cost, in time and money, of establishing a new political party is horrendous. This harsh reality and the uncertainty of the public’s response enco(...)

An Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI political poll in May 2015 put  support for Independents at 24 per cent.

Any observer looking at Irish politics will quickly spot the consistent opinion poll finding that voters with no interest in the bigger parties make u(...)

Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Róisín Shortall: in talks in talks on forming a new party.

Three prominent Independent TDs have been involved in talks on forming a new party that will challenge Shane Ross’s prospective alliance and Renua Ire(...)

Gail O’Rorke who was found not guilty of assisted suicide is to meet TDs  to discuss the need for new legislation in the area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A woman found not guilty of assisted suicide is to meet TDs today to discuss the need for new legislation in the area. Gail O’Rorke will be joined by (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith

Concern about the UK’s future in the European Union weighed heavily with TDs during a Dáil debate to mark Europe Day, which aims to mark peace and un(...)

Independent TD  John Halligan: ‘You have a right to dignity in life and you have a right to a dignified death.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Independent TD is to introduce a Bill removing any criminal sanctions against a family member or doctor who assists a suicide. Waterford TD (...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)