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(...)

Arctic Skipper, ridden by Andrew Lynch, leads the field home to win the he Paddy Power Shops 10.30am Sunday Service Maiden Hurdle at Naas. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Naas fixture billed as ‘Cheltenham Trial Day’ was lit up by sparkling Grade Two success for Mallowney, a horse not even entered for the festival in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told an Oireachtas committee that  third-party costs arising from the Moriarty tribunal have amounted to €4.77 million to date. Photograph: Theirry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said third-party costs arising from the Moriarty tribunal have amounted to €4.77 million.Speaking at the Select Sub-Committee(...)

 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(...)

A file image of former minister Michael Lowry. A  case against him for  alleged tax offences has been adjourned. Photograph: Collins

The case against former minister Michael Lowry for alleged tax offences has been adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Mr Lowry (60), of Glenre(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Simon Coveney: Kenny didn’t spare the Minister for Agriculture’s blushes when he was late for the farmers. Three words, Enda: pot, kettle, black. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Taoiseach was buttering up the farmers big time at a dinner in the Red Cow Hotel on Tuesday night. The occasion was the 60th annual meeting of the(...)

Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd Barrett: challenged the quality of art and philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was wall to wall Aer Lingus in Leinster House. The plinth was badly congested all afternoon as an endless queue of TDs and Senators from north Co D(...)