“Focused on what?” snorted Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen at the Taoiseach. “You’re like a rabbit in the headlights.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a quiet return for our Hardly Here At All Dáil, easing itself back into the onerous task of occasionally sitting. It’s a bit like embarking on (...)

An abuse of Dáil privilege

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald is in the headlines again. It is a position she deliberately sought and is happy to maintain. It distracts (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  has faced criticism  over her decision to use Dáil privilege to name former politicians who were accused of having offshore bank accounts to evade tax. 2:39

Fianna Fáil did not discuss a motion of censure against Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at its weekly parliamentary meeting because it debat(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Marriage Equality campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Yes vote for same-sex marriage would be an affirmation that all Irish citizens should be “free, equal and happy”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou (...)

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe said this week that he would write to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett recommending a motion of censure against Mary Lou McDonald. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:39

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she stands over her decision to use Dáil privilege to name former politicians who were accused of h(...)

Ms McDonald has said she will not retract her statement and was “well within her constitutional rights” to name names of politicians accused of having offshore accounts to evade tax. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe is to write to the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, recommending that a motion of censure be moved against Mary Lou Mc(...)

Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald does not intend to retract her Ansbacher comments which were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege.She alle(...)

Comments made by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald about alleged Ansbacher account holders in the Dáil last December were found to be “in the nature of being defamatory” and “an abuse of privilege”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald abused her Dáil privilege by naming a number people with alleged links to Ansbacher offshore accounts last y(...)

 President Micheal D Higgins lays a wreath outside the GPO. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When the big centenary comes around, we will solemnly think of days gone by and those stirring moments at the GPO which so touched the native heart.Th(...)

The Irish Refugee Council said important changes to the Freedom of Information Act were rushed through the Oireachtas before the Easter break without adequate time for debate.

The Irish Refugee Council has expressed its “concern” at the manner in which restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act, as it applies to bodies d(...)