‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry 1:56

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry and Pat Rabbitte TD at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Senator Marc MacSharry of Fianna Fail questioned former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte at the banking inquiry: Senator MacSharry: Were you a recipient o(...)

Joan Burton arrives at Leinster House to appear at the  banking inquiry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted Fianna Fáil-led governments were to blame for the economic crash. Ms Burton told the Oireachtas banking inquiry th(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton appearing before the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said the Irish economy from 2002 - 2007 was like an athlete on steroids. (Live blog here). In a submission to the Oireachtas(...)

Enda Kenny speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, July 23rd, 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Fianna Fáil-led governments caused the “lion’s share of the damage” to the Irish economy. (Live blog here) Mr Kenny appe(...)

Ruairí Quinn, who along with fellow former Labour leaders Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, will not contest the next election. Photograph: Frank Miller

One hundred TDs and Senators – or close to half the Oireachtas – are not expected to return to Leinster House after the general election, with €14 mil(...)

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

As our politicians gear up for the general election, many will be considering how much their campaigns will cost. Analysis of election spending(...)

Alex White: would not be drawn on how much the Government expects to spend on the whole process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The dream of high-speed broadband has inched closer to reality for hundreds of thousands of people in rural Ireland. Minister for Communications Alex(...)

Pat Rabbitte: “I share the puzzlement as to why we get 19 per cent of the vote and 90 per cent of the blame. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish TImes

When elaborating this week on his decision not to contest the next general election for the Labour Party, Pat Rabbitte referred to a problem that has (...)