Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

There are question marks over how the Houses of the Oireachtas Service has handled the allegations about the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson Banking inquiry: The most useful recommendations from the committee might actually relate to how in future such inquiries should operate.

On September 10th last, the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry began with a statement by its chairman, Ciarán Lynch. He (...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Ruane Student and equality activism Ruane rose to prominence when she was elected president of Trinity College Students Union in February 2015. (...)

Fine Gael’s backroom team has obviously being doing its homework. As well as promising the goodies (lower taxes for the squeezed middle) it has trawle(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: “Who would entertain the idea of an education programme about the dangers of smoking being designed and delivered by an organisation that is funded by tobacco companies?” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People who buy alcohol in off-licences and drink it within safe levels will pay just 30 cents more a week under legislation to impose a minimum price(...)

Lynn Ruane with Róisín Ingle of the Irish Times on her election as president of TCD students’ union. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lynn Ruane, a single mother from Tallaght who left school at 15 and was elected president of Trinity College Dublin’s students union earlier this year(...)

Independent TD Peter Mathews: feeling the pain of the Dáil sole trader. Photograph: David Sleator

In an unprecedented development yesterday, Peter Mathews was not thrown out of the Dáil. Shocked TDs watched in disbelief as the deputy for Dublin So(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has been urged in the Seanad to withdraw the Legal Services Regulation Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald could be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records for 105 amendments she made to a single page of a Bill (...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch. It is understood some members of the inquiry are deeply unhappy with the wording of the final report.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry have heavily criticised its final report labelling it “weak” and “incoherent”. The Dáil committee investigat(...)

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Labour candidate Máiría Cahill, Fianna Fáil candidate Dr Keith Swanick and Independent Jerry Beades.

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Máiría Cahill, who is the Labour Party nominee for the seat left vacant b(...)