Mattie McGrath: ‘Food at Leinster House has improved and there’s a lot more variety.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE MCGRATH What would be a typical day of food at Leinster House for you? I’d start with a bowl of fruit in the morning (...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Same-sex couples already in civil partnerships will face a reduced fee if they decide to marry, the Government announced on Wednesday, as it agreed th(...)

Laws to allow for same sex marriage are to be considered by Cabinet this morning. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Cabinet has given its approval to the Bill that will allow for same-sex marriage in the State. The Government said the legislation should be pass(...)

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Cllr Jackie  Cahill, a former president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, was the surprise winner of the selection convention

Fianna Fáil has added two candidates who lost out in the Tipperary selection convention to its ticket for the general election. Both Siobhán Ambrose (...)

Lissadell House in Sligo, a fine place for a Cabinet retreat. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

They’ll be in marvellous form by the time they get to Sligo, with nearly three hours of team bonding before the meeting proper begins. It was Enda’s (...)

Bulmers owner C&C acquired Vermont Hard Cider Company for €235 million in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Drinks company C&C defended its foray into the North American cider market to shareholders at its annual general meeting in Dublin yesterday, wit(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

Former Fianna Fáil member Mattie McGrath said that Averil Power’s comments about the party’s division over the same-sex marriage referendum proved there was “no political appetite” within that party to see the constitution amended in the way it has been. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the political parties of perpetrating “a democratic fraud” on the Irish people in the lead-up to the marriag(...)