This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

Joan Burton in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. The general election is just weeks away and Government TDs could be expected to be fretting over whether the tardiness of the Coalition response will cost them votes. But not many are. Photo: RollingNews.ie

One of the arguments made by proponents of a November election was that unexpected events in the depths of winter could knock the Government off cours(...)

Michael McNamara. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow the President will convene the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill. The Dáil considered only 16 of the Bill’s 81 s(...)

Labour Party TD Michael McNamara. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government was forced to vote for the expulsion of one of its backbenchers following a heated Dáil row. Labour TD Michael McNamara refused to res(...)

Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan: Labour needs ‘real numbers’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A group of Labour TDs, including a Minister of State, has said the party should not re-enter a coalition with Fine Gael after the election if it does (...)

Clare deputy Michael McNamara said Government TDs, including those sitting on the banking inquiry, had voted in the Dáil not to allow the burning of senior bondholders. “We might not have liked it, but we did it,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Labour TD has accused members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry of “utter hypocrisy” over their recommendation that legal action should be taken aga(...)

More than 600 residents of the 298 apartments at Longboat Quay are affected by fire safety notices which empower Dublin Fire Brigade to evacuate the complex should it consider such a step necessary. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Longboat Quay Management Company has initiated legal proceedings over liability for funding fire safety works costing of some €3.5 million at the (...)

Michael McNamara: expected to rejoin the Labour Party. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare TD Michael McNamara is set to return to the Labour fold after losing the party whip in May. Mr McNamara was the only Coalition deputy to (...)

Offaly’s Michael Duignan is tackled by Clare full back Brian Lohan during the 1995 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It will be the 20th anniversary – already! – next September but in the more modest environs of the qualifiers, Clare and Offaly will tomorrow stage(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said what  Ryanair will do with their stake is a matter for them.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Minister for Transport says it is up to Ryanair to decide whether or not they will sell their €400 million Aer Lingus stake. It is a decision by (...)