Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed Ministers yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the State Reception Room in Áras an Uachtaráin, an insightful photographer made a telling request. “Could you all move a little to the left?”And in(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan addressing the media at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

What day is it again?The week after a bank holiday can be confusing at the best of times, but it’s head-wrecking in Leinster House. You see, the day o(...)

Nessa Childers speaking to Breege Kavanagh and Bridget Toolan while canvassing in the Churchtown area of Dublin yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

There is nothing new about bust-ups in the Labour Party. When it comes to infighting and the European elections, it is almost a grand tradition now in(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter with Minister for Health James Reilly. Alan’s bombshell resignation could hog the headlines for weeks and deflect attention from Calamity James.  But then the spotlight will be back on him. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

After a long and difficult break-up, the Taoiseach opted for a quickie settlement: Frances Fitzgerald got Justice and Charlie Flanagan was awarded the(...)

Eamon Gilmore and  Enda Kenny in Mullingar  at the official launch of the nationwide system of Local Enterprise Offices. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

They got a lovely day for the rolling out of the Local Election Opportunities. But things turned a bit frosty when it came to the unveili(...)

Pauline Conway from Co Wicklow greeting  President Michael D Higgins  at University College London Hospital yesterday.  Photograph: Johnny Bambury

The glittering investiture of Ireland into The Order of the VBF (Very Best Friend) continues. There’s nothing like some rousing pageantry to st(...)


At the end of a very special day, they raised their glasses and toasted the future. A good future. One that many Irishmen and wom(...)

Dáil Éireann had witnessed the conscious uncoupling of the Minister for Justice from his pride

Alan Shatter felt the hooves of history on his shoulders yesterday, but will nobody spare a thought for the wild horses? For six months, (...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan leads a group of colleagues into Leinster House for the Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Before the most powerful committee of the national parliament, the Garda Commissioner stood his ground and all but told the representatives of the peo(...)

 Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to be given all the information on criteria that apply to staff of Irish Water.  Photograph: David Sleator

Micheál Martin reintroduced us to a familiar organism yesterday. It’ll fit in nicely with the cryptosporidium and E.coli. “The bonus culture is back,”(...)