Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and former Garda commisioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Here’s your cap, Commissioner, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That’s not the way it was. And the Taoiseach, with a perfectly st(...)

“It is amazing we have so few mistakes relating to identity, with people consequently being given inappropriate treatments, particularly in hospitals.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell has called for a computerised link between the Departments of Health and Social Protection. (...)

Blackstone came to fame as a buyout firm under chief executive Stephen Schwarzman and is now a financial colossus overseeing $265 billion.  Photograph: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

Bankers have been blanketing Ireland in search of cheap assets and lucrative deals, and few firms have been as aggressive as the Blackstone Group. (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the Government’s decision not to take over the running of Mount Carmel hospital, Dublin which closes next weekend with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the Government’s decision not to take over the running of Mount Carmel hospital, Dublin which closes nex(...)

Lucinda Creighton at the Reform Alliance conference at the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A grand day out. But it went a bit sour in the end. Lucinda Creighton said she was very happy, but she didn’t look or sound it. The woman who is not t(...)

Plinth politics: Reform Alliance members (from left) Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever you do, don’t call it a party. Today, the Reform Alliance, the group comprised of seven members of the Oireachtas – five TDs and two Senators(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “There is no party and there has been no discussion about setting one up.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reform Alliance, comprised of breakaway Fine Gael TDs and Senators, has registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission as a “third part(...)

Ming gets a gong for bringing the spirit of Christmas hospitality onto the floor. Photograph: Frank Miller

Politician of the Year We had intended giving it to Ming Flanagan. But somebody seems to have quashed the award on his behalf. He’ll have to (...)

Wicklow Independent Stephen Donnelly challenged the Tánaiste on an ESRI report indicating that the poorest 10 per cent of people were being asked to give up the most. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore believes he knows the identity of Fianna Fáil’s next parliamentary recruit.Galway East Independent Colm Keaveney has already jo(...)

Colm Keaveney: Now firmly in residence on the Fianna Fáil benches. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Christmas has crept up on Leinster House. But it’s here now. Trees are twinkling inside the building and the official tree-lighting ceremon(...)

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