“I have observed a palpable air of dissatisfaction with the lack of vision and leadership of Fianna Fáil”

Fianna Fáil has suffered another blow with the resignation of one of its most senior politicians on Cork County Council, current mayor of County Cork (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  “I know what the J-1 experience is meant to be, a rite of passage, an opportunity to gain valuable life and cultural experience  . . . for a lot of young people, it is a summer of love and a summer of fun.”   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:41

Before Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil yesterday morning, Micheál Martin contacted the Taoiseach and they spoke about the dreadful events in California(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan (left) is to Berkeley in California at the request of the Taoiseach following the deaths of six Irish students. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin paid tribute in the Dáil to the work of  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan since the incident occurred yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

The names of the five Irish and one Irish-American student killed in Berkeley, California when a balcony collapsed, were read into the Dáil record six(...)

Former tánaiste and ex-minister for justice Michael McDowell’s son Hugh has been hired as a parliamentary assistant to Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton.

Former tánaiste and ex-minister for justice Michael McDowell’s son Hugh has been hired as a parliamentary assistant to Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Cr(...)

Game Of Thrones featuring Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photograph: HBO Enterprises publicity shot.

It was a nerve-wracking day for a Game of Thrones watcher. I spent it wondering what plot twist the scriptwriters would deliver in the final episode o(...)

‘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(...)

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)

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(...)