John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Eric Luke

It’s vicious in Cork South-Central, where five high-profile sitting TDs are battling for one of four seats in this redrawn constituency. There’ll be b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

Simon Harris, Minister of the year: he’s been impressively combatant, competent and confident all year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Lovely Boy Competition: Micheál Martin The Fianna Fáil leader sashays away with our coveted tiara following a delightful performance in Cork last we(...)

Independent TD Peter Mathews: feeling the pain of the Dáil sole trader. Photograph: David Sleator

In an unprecedented development yesterday, Peter Mathews was not thrown out of the Dáil. Shocked TDs watched in disbelief as the deputy for Dublin So(...)

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(...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

Archbishop of Tuam   Michael Neary: “None of us should entrust the decisions of our conscience to another on issues like this which are, literally, matters of life and death,” he wrote in a letter  to Enda Kenny at height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

  An archbishop contacted the Taoiseach at the height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation, saying he hoped Enda (...)

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy: medal for bravery awarded for exceptional courage and resolve in the face of debilitating bubble-blindness. Photograph: AP Photo/ Thierry Charlier

'Dragon's Den' Enterprise Award Start-ups are springing up all over Leinster House as the SME sector experiences significant uplift on the poli(...)