Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

Fine Gael’s David Stanton: told the Dáil it should be a “privilege to be a member of a committee, not a right”.

A Fine Gael TD has criticised the poor attendance by some members of the House at Dáil committee meetings. Chairman of the Oireachtas Justice Committ(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell:  says the officer was placed 11th in the order of merit, with the top nine applicants promoted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Defence may seek advice from the Attorney General before making a decision on a controversial Army promotion procedure. Minister o(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Government of ignoring the constitutional convention’s recommendations and reports, saying “No one signed up to this process to be ignored, sidelined, second-guessed or patronised.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil will vote next week on the proposal to elect the ceann comhairle by secret ballot. The ceann comhairle, who presides over Dáil proceedings(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s party has moved to comply with gender rules. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to add four female candidates to its general election ticket to ensure it meets gender quotas. Ennis-based councillor Mary Howar(...)

Could it happen in here? In Britain, Tory MP John Bercow (right) has been regularly re-elected as House of Commons speaker thanks to opposition support. Photograph: PA Wire

As the phoney election campaign continued along predictable lines this week, with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael trading predictable blows, Enda Kenny did (...)

Louth deputy Peter Fitzpatrick: former manager of the Louth senior football team said Fergus O’Dowd, his fellow Fine Gael TD and ex-junior minister, is virtually guaranteed his seat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Fine Gael TD has asked party members in his constituency to support him over his running mate who he has claimed is “assured” of re-election. Lout(...)

Suggested projects to ease flooding include dredging and engineering works. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Projects to ease the flooding situation along the river Shannon may require the Government to breach EU habitats directives on wildlife, a Government (...)

Enda Kenny said  statutory authority rests with a number of bodies, including the ESB, the Office of Public Works, the National Parks and Wildlife Service as well as fisheries, tourism, commercial and local authority interests. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is not possible to create a single authority for the r iver Shannon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams it coul(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn introduced the Gradam an Uachtaráin Bill 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn has called for the introduction of a State honours system to recognise exceptional achievement. He introduced a P(...)