Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

Despite requests by several members of the Oireachtas committee on agriculture, food and the marine, Aldi executives said information about the company’s profit margin was commercially too sensitive to reveal. Photograph: Cathy Loughran

Two spokesmen for the Irish branch of discount supermarket chain Aldi refused to give figures regarding the company’s profit margin. Desp(...)