Mattie McGrath: ‘Food at Leinster House has improved and there’s a lot more variety.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE MCGRATH What would be a typical day of food at Leinster House for you? I’d start with a bowl of fruit in the morning (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: reportedly “mad for November” general election. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big pa(...)

There has been growing pressure on Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry O’Dea,  the Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick,  to make a fuller statement on the circumstances surrounding a collision he was involved in last December. File photograph: Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry O’Dea has confirmed he approached gardaí about the status of a car crash he was involved in before he was elected Metropo(...)

Joan believes Enda is referring to the date of the general election. But then again, Joan is a martyr to the prolixity. It’s no surprise that these discussions go on for some time.  Photograph:

Joan Burton had a long conversation with Enda Kenny. “Next year,” said the Taoiseach as they parted. It seems they’ve had quite a few of these long ch(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin:  claimed €550 million had been wasted on water meters “when they will never be used”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin traded insults in a Dáil row over Irish Water, each calling the other a “fraud”. Mr Kenny a(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has said he expects the party’s leadership to change after the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has said he expects the party’s leadership to change after the next general election. Mr McGuinness told The Irish Time(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin again called for a commission of investigation into the controversial “Project Eagle” sale to a US investment company, concluded in 2014.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A “group of shadowy individuals was stitching up” a deal on the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) sale of the loans on 800 properties in Norther(...)

Enda Kenny: suddenly, Enda has come over all coy. He had been happy to state his measure. Now, he doesn’t know how to say “when”. In Leinster House, people are puzzled. Photograph: Bloomberg

Once there was clarity. Not so long ago, there was a definite line. It wasn’t in the sand either, because sand is a discredited commodity where politi(...)

Michéal Martin: Has described the incident as “very serious”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has increased pressure on a party county councillor involved in controversy over the absence of a prosecution in a c(...)