‘After the election the parties simply ignored their pre election commitments. The current Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett (above) was chosen by the then Taoiseach elect Enda Kenny and approved by the Dáil without any vote.’  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Each year, MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland asks a leading public figure to deliver a keynote address on the opening night in the form of(...)

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty outside the Dáil. Ms Doherty has called for investigations into each of the baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:30

The cases of each of the families who lost a baby at Portlaoise hospital should be individually investigated to determine exactly how the loss of life(...)

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: Has repeatedly said the Government intends serving out its full term of office. The last possible date in the life of the 31st Dáil is March 8th, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has instructed his general election organisers that all Fine Gael candidates must be selected by October, a full six months befor(...)

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty (left) says the party will be taking legal advice in relation to the accusations that Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty (right) has made about its handling of sexual abuse claims. Photographs: The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said allegations that the party conducted internal investigations into over 40 incidents of abuse by its members are “(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald chaired a  meeting of Fine Gael’s election strategy committee this week which  heard the party was short of its  target of women candidates for the  election. Photograph:

Fine Gael may have to add some women candidates to a few of the party’s general election tickets – including where there is an incumbent TD – to comp(...)

Kevin Kilbane visited Leinster House this week in the company of Mayo TD Michael Ring. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

So Enda came out on Thursday night and named the day for the same-sex marriage referendum. It’s May 22nd.And he was the toast of Longford as a result,(...)

Minster for Agriculture Simon Coveney: ‘No major impediment preventing Fine Gael  from entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been mixed reaction within Fine Gael to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s comment that there was no major impediment preventing it f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness.  Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A growing number of Fine Gael figures – both backbenchers and Ministers – are beginning to question Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s leadership of the party, a(...)

 Ms Cahill was responding to reports the Government is considering a cross-Border inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

An investigation to determine the extent of sexual abuse by IRA members should happen ahead of any all-island inquiry into the matter, Maíria Cahill (...)

Minister for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed 
that
a cross-Border inquiry into sex abuse allegations against paramilitaries is being considered by the Government. Photograph:
Collins

Minister for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed a cross-Border inquiry into sex abuse allegations against paramilitaries is being cons(...)