Senator Mary White said she was extremely proud to be the first woman selected by Fianna Fáil for the general election. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has selected Senator Mary White as its general election candidate for the new three-seat constituency of Dublin Rathdown. She defeated Sha(...)

A good smattering of TDs joined Gabrielle (Gab) McFadden to shooting the breeze in Irish in the Dáil this week.

The Dáil visitors’ bar was doing a roaring trade on Wednesday morning. And no, it wasn’t TDs and Senators gasping for a hair of the dog ahead of the(...)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said reducing the voting age could lead to a demand for a lowering of the age threshold in other areas including the sale of tobacco and alcohol, the use of sunbeds and access to most social welfare schemes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Reducing the voting age limit from 18 to 16 could result in a demand for a similar drop in the legal age for smoking and drinking alcohol, the Dáil ha(...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:31

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Eddie Hobbs has joined Lucinda Creighton in new party. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Exactly where on the political spectrum will Lucinda Creighton’s new party come to rest?Comparisons with the now defunct Progressive Democrats are ine(...)

A room at  the Marker Hotel  where Lucinda Creighton’s press conference is being held.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton is expected to confirm today the launch of a new political party.According to a source, a low-key announcement i(...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath

Dáil business was abandoned for the day yesterday afternoon and three TDs were suspended in a row over speaking time.Proceedings were adjourned three(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

Peter Mathews:  posited the view that it was time we heard from the executives who led the banking sector to the point of collapse in late 2008.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

No conference on financial matters would be complete without a long-winded statement, ahem, question from Peter Mathews, the Independent TD for Dublin(...)