The Taoiseach had a few figures of his own and he gave them straight to the Sinn Féin leader in the sort of form he likes best – an All-Ireland context.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The 40a used to be a bus route to Finglas. But it was done away with. So Fine Gael and Labour took over the number after the 2011 election and parked (...)

Séan Barrett:  felt the safest option in the public interest was to allow the issue through on a vote but without debate. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times 2:48

The controversy surrounding Seán Barrett deflated quickly yesterday but the Ceann Comhairle’s authority has taken a hit in the longer term, with linge(...)

Enda Kenny: he and his Ministers “will feel shame each time they have to look upon Alan Shatter’s wistful, martyred face”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Commission of inquiry into the findings of the Guerin report?Bring it on!Alan Shatter must have been delighted when he heard the news.Wheel in that Hi(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett faces the prospect of a motion of no confidence moved by Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett is expected to speak to Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin by telephone this evening in an effort to resolve his row with (...)

Seán Barrett has attracted many complaints in a Dáil composed of very competitive opposition groups and a large Government majority. The role of Ceann(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he wanted  ruling reversed because of the precedent  it sets for future debates

The Ceann Comhairle’s decision to rule out a debate on the inquiry into allegations of Garda malpractice was wrong, unprecedented and should be revers(...)

The Opposition staged a Dáil walkout yesterday after Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett ruled there would be no debate because of a connected legal action being taken by former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times 3:12

The “unique position” of the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett must be respected, Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said. Her comments com(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: takeover bid was “no coincidence”.  Photograph: David Sleator

The State’s 25.1 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus cannot currently guarantee the retention of the airline’s Heathrow airport slots, Minister for Tr(...)

The Oireachtas has rejected reports that the Ceann Comhairle would step down before the end of the current Dáil term. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Oireachtas has insisted that Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett “ intends to complete his term in office and so does not intend departing his post befor(...)

When asked whether it was possible he could take over as ceann comhairle should Sean Barrett step aside, Pat  Rabbitte said: ‘You might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.’ Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Labour is preparing to propose one of its own TDs for the position of ceann comhairle if Séan Barrett resigns before the end of this Dáil, with for(...)