Wednesday is usually the Dáil’s most substantial day. Last Wednesday, however, our lawmakers made no laws. They didn’t vote on any laws either.(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, speaks to media outside 10 Downing Street after talks with former British prime minister Gordon Brown in London in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

At the heart of the difficulties in which the Stormont Assembly and powersharing executive found themselves this week is the fact that Northern(...)

At an event on rural crime which I chaired in Wexford this week, a local retired Garda superintendent gave an interesting talk on how rural pol(...)

The Bills proposed by Katherine Zappone, among others, have been vetted for constitutional compliance. Photograph: Alan Betson

At one level it is welcome that at least in some political parties and corners of the media a substantial debate has begun on the practicalities of wi(...)

Marching for gay and lesbian rights in O’Connell Street back in 1984.

‘That Homosexuality is Perverse and should be Discouraged” was the title of a debate I organised when auditor of the Commerce and Economics Society (C(...)

John Tierney: forthcoming in the main as his interviewer established the main facts. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘What kind of money are you spending on consultants?” Sean O’Rourke asked John Tierney, the chief executive of Irish Water, at 10.18am on Thursday wee(...)

Posters in Clonsilla, west Dublin, during the 2009 local election campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The last city and county elections were shaped more by national issues. The electorate went to polling stations in June 2009 in a mood of real anger t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Finland’s Jyrki Katainen at a  European People’s Party (EPP) meeting in Helsinki in 2011. Dublin is to host the EPP’s pre-election conference in March. Photograph: Reuters

It is time to look again at the key events and issues – those of which we are aware – that will dominate Irish politics over the next 12 months. The s(...)

It’s amazing how much people lie to pollsters, not only about what they might do but even about what they have just done. This week, having sat on it (...)

Dr James Reilly: on the back foot after a disastrous outcome for his department in the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They are not the first government to practise the “that will learn you” strategy of political defence but Fine Gael and Labour Ministers and their spi(...)