Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea:  said there was no direction on severance payment when he resigned as minister for defence in 2010, but added that he would have complied with such a direction if it had been in place.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has chastised senior Fianna Fáil TDs for accepting ministerial severance payments, triggering a Fianna Fáil counterattack on Mr K(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said six former Fianna Fáil ministers accepted severance payments in 2011, despite party leader Micheál Martin pledging  that they would not.  Photograph: The Irish TImes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised former Fianna Fáil ministers for accepting severance payments in 2011, even after party leader Micheál Martin pled(...)

Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Culture & the Gaeltacht: Aengus Ó Snodaigh said it was ‘insulting’ that the Minister does not speak Irish. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was “disastrous” and an “insult” that no senior Minister was available to take leaders’ questions through Irish on the one (...)

“Broken Irish is better than clever English”

It will take 100 years for 1 per cent of the public service to be able to provide services in Irish at the current rate of implementation of t(...)

Colm Keaveney announces he is joining Fianna Fáil on the plinth at the Dáil last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has claimed Galway East TD Colm Keaveney would “join the Hizbullah” if he thought it would advance his(...)

 Colm Keaveney during a press briefing on the plinth of Leinster House on his joining Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The defection of former Labour Party chairman Colm Keaveney to Fianna Fáil has led to strong divergences of views between his former party and his new(...)

Colm Keaveney on the plinth at the Dáil with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When he made the fateful decision to vote against his own party in last December’s budget, Colm Keaveney used a Latin phrase: “Alea iacta est”.Its mea(...)

Colm Keaveney  photographed outside the Dáil after he voted against  controversial Social Welfare cuts in December 2012.  He was  the fifth TD at the time to leave the Labour Party parlimentary party since the coalition with Fine Gael was formed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

When he made the fateful decision to vote against his own party in a Budget Colm Keaveney used a Latin phrase: “Alea iacta est”.Its meaning is the the(...)

Colm Keaveney (left), the former chairman of the Labour Party, with  Fianna Fail  party leader Micheal Martin at Leinster House in Dublin where Mr Keaveney’s move to Fianna Fail was confirmed. Photograph: PA

Galway East TD Colm Keaveney has been confirmed as a member of Fianna Fáil by party leader Micheál Martin.Mr Martin and Mr Keaveney spoke to reporters(...)

Dinny McGinley:  came under attack from Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has been an inevitably tetchy beginning to the new Dáil term.Nerves were frayed at times yesterday. Even the normally mild-mannered Minister of Sta(...)