Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “We have not over-promised.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended his approach to the 2015 health budget and said he and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch had been “honest(...)

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(...)