Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of continually evading meetings to resolve their ongoing dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of continually evading meetings aimed at resolving their ongoing dispute.Respond(...)

Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has accused Sinn Féin of using him as a “pawn to deflect attention” from their own political difficulties, such as the Ma(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service numbers supplied to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers supplied to the company, Minister for the Environm(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will ask ECB President Mario Draghi to attent the banking inquiry. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Taoiseach has said he will ask European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi to attend the banking inquiry.Enda Kenny was responding, amid he(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett  was in full flight, hands waving, voice hoarse from addressing the rally the previous day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett seemed ready to attribute superhuman powers of observation to the media in the Dáil.And then he (...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)

The Dáil has agreed a motion officially recognising the State of Palestine.

The Dáil has agreed a motion officially recognising the State of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.The Sinn Féin(...)