Catherine Byrne TD:    memo said she was in “absolute shock” and “visibly upset” after she was  “verbally accosted”   by a member of the public. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leinster House is to increase security measures, including installing a scanning system for all visitors, after a “material escalation in the level of(...)

Backbenchers took noisy umbrage on Enda Kenny’s  behalf. Photograph: Eric Luke

Given that the Soldiers of Destiny were anchor tenants for three terms before the current occupants arrived, it cannot be said that Micheál Martin doe(...)

A horse-drawn hearse draws the remains of a member of the Connors family to  Crosstown Cemetery, Wexford town, October 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A lone piper announced the emergence of five coffins from the Church of the Annunciation on Wexford’s Bride Street on Friday afternoon as a soft rain (...)

Ciarán Lynch, chairman of the banking inquiry: sought additional eight weeks. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas banking inquiry will today be given until the end of January to finish its final report, heightening the risk of the investigation bein(...)

The latest legislative programme, released  by Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe, shows that 13 of the 34 priority Bills for this autumn already appeared on the list published in January this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has continued to struggle in meeting its own targets to publish new legislation. The latest legislative programme, released on Tuesday (...)

The Dáil  resumed on Tuesday with the Opposition  accusing Fine Gael and Labour of showing contempt for the House. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV 1:44

The Government has won a Dáil vote on a motion of confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny by 94 to 52. The vote followed a three-hour debate during which t(...)

Paul Kehoe, Chief Whip, received a letter of complaint about the changes from Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghail. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil has complained to the Government Chief Whip after today’s Dáil business was rescheduled late yesterday. The schedule for the House was r(...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, (...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out a possible run for the leadership of his Fine Gael party in the future. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out a possible run for the leadership of his Fine Gael party in the future. Mr Varadkar’s name a(...)