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(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and former Garda commisioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Here’s your cap, Commissioner, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That’s not the way it was. And the Taoiseach, with a perfectly st(...)

Lucinda Creighton’s speech on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill “was very interesting, not least for the number of red herrings she introduced during the course of it”.

A woman and her husband sit in the departure lounge at Dublin Airport, waiting to catch their flight to Liverpool. He holds her hand and wishes he (...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White told members of the Irish College of General Practitioners that a plan for free GP care would be unveiled before the summer. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, has denied that the Government is reneging on its election promises with the delay in the intro(...)