Stephen Donnelly: His decision to resign from banking inquiry was variously described as “brave” and “precious”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There are three types of politician in Ireland. There is the bottom-rung-up operator who slowly works their way up the ranks, joining a party, serving(...)

President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath to honour those who died during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who say members of Britain’s royal (...)

Democracy television: Vincent Browne. Photograph: TV3

Vincent Browne is very relaxed these days. The Tonight with Vincent Browne programme goes o(...)

The Family and Life website.

A Fine Gael TD has called for an investigation into a pro-life organisation which brought 13 politicians to New York and Washington last March and is (...)

Happier times: Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a photocall with Lucinda Creighton and other newly appointed ministers of state in March 2011. Following expulsions from the Fine Gael parliamentary party there has been a reordering of Dáil committee membership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unicameralism is a different form of government, not a cheaper form of government. Unfortunately, the debate on abolishing the Seanad has been defined(...)

Billy Timmins says the speed at which he was removed from the Fine Gael parliamentary party for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill could scare others. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

One of the four TDs ousted from the Fine Gael parliamentary party said the senior coalition partner had broken a pledge to the electorate by moving to(...)

Michelle Mulherrin

There were clear signs last night that the newly-agreed abortion legislation will not appease some of the doubters in Fine Gael but there was confiden(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking in Belfast where he said the Government had  “made it clear we want to bring certainty for women and their medical practitioners where a woman’s life is at risk”. Photograph: PA

The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today. Mr Gilmore added that(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The allegation that civil servants are frustrating a banking inquiry is outrageous.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to legalise abortion in certain circumstances, including the risk of suicide, is included in the programme of legislati(...)