Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl (top, centre) at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil on March 10th. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl was elected as Ceann Comhairle yesterday, becoming the first chair to be chosen by secret ballot. Mr Ó Fearghaíl cont(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion in the groove with partner Eddie Wall during Strictly Let’s Dance Callan, which was held at the same time as the count for the Carlow/Kilkenny election seats. Funchion went on to take a Dáil seat but not the dance title. Photograph: Pat Moore

Some of the crowd at the count in Carlow-Kilkenny thought Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion was being a bit presumptuous when she sashayed into the Cillin(...)

Martin Heydon

Martin Heydon regained a seat for Fine Gael in Kildare South in 2011 at his first attempt, after a hiatus that lasted almost a decade, since former pa(...)

Roz Purcell’s book launch is a lesson in substance over style

HOT   The BFG The trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl book is spine-tingling. Melissa Mathison (E.T.), who d(...)

Eir is awaiting to hear whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to connect  300,000 homes to its new fibre broadband network. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Telecoms firm Eir will find out next week whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to supply fibre broadband to 300,000 hom(...)

Dr James Reilly, who was Minister for Health for more than three years, has made 315 representations since 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Minister for Health James Reilly have made more than 300 representations each on behalf of constituents in relation t(...)

Former junior minister John Perry has outlined why he should he included on the Fine Gael general election ticket. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former junior minister John Perry received a round of applause at a meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators after he outlined why he should he included (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to the 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny accepted a motion at a parliamentary party meeting from Martin Heydon TD (above) calling for  revised plans for wind farms to be released as soon as possible.

Fine Gael TDs tonight criticised Labour Ministers Alex White and Alan Kelly for the 16-month delay in issuing planning guidelines for wind farms. Tao(...)