Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If I’m re-elected I’d be happy to look at it. In principle I’ve no difficulty supporting a government that produces economic policies that are good for the country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has begun reaching out to some Independent TDs ahead of the general election as senior figures calculate the administration can return(...)

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 Tom Fleming:  said  increase in pupil-teacher ratios in rural schools was exacerbated by Government policy.  Photograph: Don McMonagle

One-teacher schools are not in the best interests of pupils, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil. He said the issue was exacerbated by rural depopulati(...)

 Clare Daly TD, who said to Enda Kenny: “How dare you attempt to have the arrogance to interpret the Constitution when it is only something our courts can do?”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated by 104 votes to 20, with Sinn Féin’s abstenti(...)

Kerry South deputy Michael Healy-Rae said he had ‘grave concerns’ about the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

TDs with connections to the pub trade have expressed mixed views about the Government’s measures designed to reduce alcohol consumption. Kerry South d(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

The Dail Chamber.  TDs  will always expect to receive or make phone calls of a highly or sensitive nature.

There are sound historic reasons why a TD should not be arrested when travelling to and from Leinster House. The rule was forged when the heat of the (...)

Independent Senator David Norris put his face on the front of 2,000 Christmas cards.

Nine ministers were among the 47 Oireachtas members who used the Leinster House printing service to produce personalised Christmas cards, documents re(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae’s remains receive a round of applause from hundreds of mourners as they are carried into his pub in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, on Saturday evening. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, last night for the removal of the remains of former Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae. From(...)

Pako Mokoba, who has been in the direct provision system for six years, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, that  her life was also like that of someone living in an open prison. Image: Screengrab/Oireachtas TV.

People living in the direct provision system find the level of control exerted over their lives “degrading”, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Stephe(...)