John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Peter Mathews:  he is not  a member of  the  banking inquiry but  he believes himself to be something of an authority on financial matters.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We are not going to adjust our adjustments just yet because it’s just too early to be doing any adjusting. We have to do a proper reading of the natio(...)

The new chair of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Brassil, FF, a pharmacist and engineer from Ballyheigue - a married man with three children - has already declared his interest in running in the next general election for Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil councillor has been elected to the chair of Kerry County Council with support from Fine Gael in a historic election signalling the end o(...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae said people ’deserve clarity’ over the medical cards issue. Photograph: The Irish Times

Proposals will be brought to Cabinet within two weeks on the eligibility criteria for medical cards, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told Dáil yesterday some of the media reports about a fixed charge might be based on a draft memo from Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The local elections campaign began in earnest in the Dáil yesterday. The dominant issue was water charges, which has, in the past, been a centr(...)

Minister for Public Reform Brendan Howlin said protections in the Protected Disclosures Bill  related to both internal disclosures by gardaí and those made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Legislation to protect whistleblowers moved a step closer after the Protected Disclosures Bill passed second stage in the Dáil yesterday. (...)

The Government’s latest response to concerns about the sustainability of the State’s post office network was little more than a recipe for doing nothing, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. 
 Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government’s latest response to concerns about the sustainability of the State’s post office network was little more than a recipe for doi(...)

  GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien  arriving at  Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There was evidence. But that evidence wasn’t definitive. They had suspicions. But couldn’t prove any offence. It was suspected th(...)

Michael Healy-Rae kept shouting about Bobby Ewing. “It’s a Dallas moment” he shrieked. “Bizarre” said Michael. “Unprecedented.”

The Taoiseach came in for a lot of stick over his attitude to the Seanad yesterday. Outside of the Government parties, the general view in the Dáil is(...)

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin  said a significant number of senior staff in Irish Water had been recruited from local authorities, Bord Gáis and the Department of the Environment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

That Taoiseach declined to respond to a claim by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that former local authority employees with pensions had joined Iris(...)