Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A senior Fine Gael TD has criticised the Government’s decision to hold a referendum on reducing the age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, sa(...)

John Perry TD: Stepped down as minister of State for small business in July of last year in a Government reshuffle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD John Perry is one of dozens of TDs who have appointed relations to positions during the lifetime of this Dáil. Mr Perry appointed his wif(...)

Alan Kelly, Minister fo the Environment: the public was positively disposed to passing the referendum but nothing could be taken for granted.  Archive photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said some bishops contributing to the marriage equality debate have been balanced while others have not.Sp(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath believes the fatal foetal abnormalities bill championed by Labour’s Michael McNamara is an attempt to cause ‘mischief’ and an insincere cry for publicity. Photograph: David Sleator

The fatal foetal abnormalities Bill championed by Labour TD Michael McNamara is an attempt to cause “mischief”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said(...)

  Pat Carey of Fianna Fáil: he will be among those attending the launch of a campaign for a Yes vote in the same sex-marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who recently spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time, will be among those attending the launch t(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett:  “Those who continue to shout here are not doing themselves any good.” So there. Photograph: Frank Miller

“Interruptions”. That’s the word they use in the official record.A polite way to indicate ructions. Deputies shouting and roaring, roaring and shoutin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath is holding meetings with advocacy groups opposed to both the Bill and the referendum. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will “probably” vote No in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.The Tipperary deputy becomes the first (...)

Michael Lowry (60), Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary, argues he has no outstanding tax liability and is being treated unfairly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry is seeking permission to bring a High Court challenge aimed at preventing his trial on alleged tax offences. T(...)

Mr Kenny sailed through Leaders’ Questions without shipping much damage. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Taoiseach came out on radio yesterday. It was a very brave thing to do. He is to be commended. It was known for some time among certain people in (...)