Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD at a special ceremony to mark the commencement of construction at Adamstown in west  Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Plans to kickstart the stalled construction of the west Dublin suburb of Adamstown have been approved by An Bord Pleanála. However, the board has blo(...)

People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, at the weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke

South Dublin County Council has condemned the “excessive police presence” at the anti-water charges protest in Dublin city centre over the weekend.The(...)

There was only one dissenting opinion from Independent councillor Paul Gogarty, who voted against it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

South Dublin County Council has voted to reduce next year’s local property tax by 15 per cent. Councillors voted 36 to one to cut the tax at a meetin(...)

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(...)

Cliona Brophy on her e-bike with her children Bobby (3) and Alice (5), in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

I thought that getting woken up at 3.30am by a phone call from a neighbour who had spotted two guys trying to break into our car for the third time(...)

Senator David Norris is reported to have  used the word “fanny” on several occasions in the Seanad since 2009. Photograph: Collins 1:36

There is a confirmed tradition of the use of foul, profane and inept language in the Dáil going back years, the latest of which is the use by P(...)

Paul Gogarty in the Dáil

David Norris has form in his use of intemperate language in the upper house. According to a search of Seanad transcripts Senator Norris has use(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “He escaped after an hour and a half, promising to return when he’s done with his duties in Europe. The Senators looked less than gratified.”

The Taoiseach arrived with two undertakers in tow. Or civil servants, as they are more usually known. There was talk that Fianna Fáil would stage a wa(...)

Labour TD Colm Keaveney tweeted in Latin before voting against the Government and leaving the Labour parliamentary party.

From a TD leaving the Government whip via a latin message to a bogus statment potentially changing the result of the presidential election, Twi(...)