Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

Everywhere that Fianna Fáil won seats there was talk of constituency work, the repeated mantra that forgets that a general election is a national one. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Is your head still spinning? Are you still wondering where we stand? The electorate clicked its heels and didn’t just end up in a tornado but created (...)

Alcohol Bill: Not a full measure

Postponing tricky decisions has been elevated into an art form by this Government. The latest manifestation of this ‘lord make me pure, but not yet’ a(...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

The promise of “an exciting new political venture” loses much of its bite when only three elected representatives are involved. As things stand, the l(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

FF’s Limerick  poll-topper Willie O’Dea waded in. “We are dealing with tomorrow before today.” Photograph: The Irish Times

It all began with a silly quip from a Taoiseach high on scones and jam. And then the situation escalated rapidly until chaos and confusion engulfed th(...)

Senator James Heffernan: “I would like to see a common policy platform out forward by like-minded independent people . . . “

A Senator who claims he was “evicted” by the Labour Party from his office in Leinster House, after voting against the government on a number of import(...)

There has been much handwringing about the damage caused by the abuse of alcohol in this society. The effects are there for all to see: late night pub(...)

 Alex White on the Rosie Hackett bridge, the new go-to launching pad for the left.

Here’s the real result of the elections: the doorsteps have spoken and they think politicians are talking to the wall.Humility was the order of the da(...)