Taoiseach Enda Kenny: sat on his own, shipping dog’s abuse from Micheál Martin and not much better from Gerry Adams during Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Collins

Don’t hold back, Micheál, whatever you do. “You will say anything, Taoiseach, to get elected. You will say anything to cover up something. You will de(...)

The Social Democrats, the new party formed by TDs Roisín Shortall (right), Catherine Murphy (centre) and Stephen Donnelly, has declined to sign up to the broad left wing platform already adopted by Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

The Social Democrats, the new party formed by TDs Roisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly, have declined to sign up to the broad left-w(...)

  Stephen Donnelly,  Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall at the launch of the  Social Democrats. File  photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Social Democrats today have confirmed that a former Fianna Fáil activist is to run for the party in Cork East in the next general election. (...)

Róisín Shortall,  Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at the launch of the Social Democrats party in July.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have proposed a junk food levy and increased alcohol excise, excluding wine, in the party’s pre-budget submission to bring in € 2(...)

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 genera(...)

 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(...)