Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting o(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

 Mick Wallace: TD has consistently questioned Cerberus’s activities here and highlighted its controversial purchase of the Project Eagle loans from Nama. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It is significant that, of the €20 billion worth of property debt it has bought throughout Ireland in recent years, US fund Cerberus chose to take the(...)

A fund has won its application for €2 million summary judgment orders against Independent TD Mick Wallace.

A fund has won its application for €2 million summary judgment orders against Independent TD Mick Wallace over his guarantee of a loan given by Ulster(...)

Independent TD Clare Daly:  called on Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to include the 2009 Surveillance Act and the 1993 Interception of Postal Packages and Telecommunications Messages Act in the review to be conducted by former chief justice John Murray.  Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A call has been made by Independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace for a review of all legislation linked to surveillance and not just that involvin(...)

Mick Wallace is facing an application in the Commercial Court for a €2 million summary judgment from the Promontoria (Aran) Ltd fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government minister and an entire Dáil committee are among the names featuring in the Four Courts lists in the opening law term of 2016. W(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin  was depicted in the advert as having just married Gerry Adams. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Labour Party has defended a controversial “attack advert” depicting Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams as the n(...)

 A vicar’s tea party list of storms will  kick off the year, while a weather system named after a 7th century saint will end it. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Future perfect – Frank McNally previews 2016 through a (slightly cracked) crystal ball: January: There is no let-up in the weather, as storms Gertrud(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace  was one of three TDs who attended the hearing  in the  Special Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

Three TDs attended a bail application yesterday by a Dublin man who has been in custody since last May after his arrest on IRA and explosives charges.(...)

 Mick Wallace who was last week brought to jail for refusing to pain a fine before being released a few hours later.  Judge James McNulty said  public representatives were setting a bad example  by refusing to pay fines and then being brought to prison only to be released almost immediately. Photograph: Collins

People are losing faith in the administration of justice because they are seeing criminals following the example of some public representatives in not(...)