Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda and Joan invited a few people around yesterday afternoon to see in the new political year. There was a good turnout for their press conference in(...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)

European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the EU Parliament in Brussels yesterday

The commissioner-designate knew what he had to do. So for the day that was in it, he kept the lid on Big Phil and went heavy on the Humble Hogan. Some(...)

Among the signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute is social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petiti(...)

A disgusted Mattie McGrath has become the victim of a ruthless takeover by Clare Daly, who quickly decamped from her office on the fourth floor to Luke “Ming” Flanagan’s lair on the third floor as soon as Ming was elected. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath was very pleased for fellow Independent Ming Flanagan when he got the nod to go off to Europe. Pleased on the double, in fact. Because (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I recalled the words of Einstein in context of our commitment to honour trust.” Picture Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” That’s Enda in the Dáil last month, quoting Einstein, no less, as he moved the motion to es(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaking to media  at the RDS Count Centre for European and local elections, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny is broadcast speaking from a count centre via satellite. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sinn Féin showed this weekend there is more than one way to stage a “spectacular”. Not even halfway through the count and party leaders were alread(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny acknowledges applause following his address at the Fine Gael ardfheis at the RDS. “Enda looked well, exuding sincerity as he confidently delivered the speech he and his Ministers have been delivering since before Christmas.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Woke up. Down the stairs for the restorative drop of tea. And there – the shock of it – was Enda Kenny, in his good suit, leering (...)

Is Ming Flanagan about to throw his hat in the ring for a seat in Europe? Photograph: PA

Is Ming Flanagan about to throw his hat in the ring for a seat in Europe? The Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim ran in Connacht-Ulster in 199(...)