Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The new Social Democrats party has unveiled businesswoman Glenna Lynch as a candidate. Ms Lynch came to prominence after questioning the then presiden(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  during the second day of the Fine Gael think-in in  Adare Co Limerick. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs have been told to highlight a “whiff of sulphur” off Sinn Féin in their attacks against the Opposition party in the run-up the general e(...)

 Roisin Shortall: TD says the Dáil must be recalled to discuss and debate the report.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Labour Party should have “stood up and spoken out” over the contents of the Fennelly report, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. Ms Shor(...)

Senator James Heffernan, whom the Social Democrats will announce as a general-election candidate.

A Senator who lost the Labour Party whip over budget cuts will be announced as one of the latest election candidates for the new Social Democrats late(...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

The new Social Democrats party listed their values as: progress; equality; democracy and sustainability. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times 4:55

The three prominent Independent TDs who launched the Social Democrats party said they would insist on the abolition of water charges if negotiating to(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)

Party central: Catherine Murphy, the Kildare North TD, hopes to fight the general election as part of a new Irish political party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Another new political party? I thought Renua Ireland had captured that space No, it’s not Renua. It has emerged this week that three Independent TDs a(...)