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, dep(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given a commitment to step down as Fine Gael leader during his next term of office if he wins the forthcoming general elec(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times. 1:34

Leading members of the Government and Opposition have united in condemnation of businessman Denis O’Brien’s bid to sue the members of the Oireachtas (...)