Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has accused Sinn Féin of using him as a “pawn to deflect attention” from their own political difficulties, such as the Ma(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Former tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney has made an official complaint to the Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney has made an official complaint to the Ceann Comhairle after she was named in the Dáil by (...)

Cynical and hypocritical

Anyone who expects Sinn Féin to operate according to the standing orders of a Dáil it only recently recognised fails to understand the party’s determi(...)


The Garda fraud unit is investigating allegations that former government ministers had offshore accounts, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.“They wil(...)

Sinn Féin appears to have taken an entirely inconsistent approach in how it deals with allegations from whistleblowers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

So far this year, a number of whistleblowers have stepped into the public domain and made substantial allegations which have forced their way onto the(...)

Clockwise from top left: Des O’Malley (FF then PDs), Gerry Collins (FF), Richie Ryan (FG), Ray MacSharrry (FF) and Maire Geoghegan-Quinn (FF). An S Barret, a member of Fianna Fáil, was also listed by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald. 2:39

Names in a dossier of former politicians who allegedly held offshore accounts have been read into the Dáil record by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  were Sinn Féin “in government, would they constantly have to be walking out on themselves?” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has questioned Sinn Féin’s suitability to participate in the next government, accusing them of repeatedly disrupting Dáil busines(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has suspended the Dáil following a row between Sinn Féinn and Tánaiste Joan Burton. 4:36

The Dáil was suspended three times amid a row between Sinn Féin TDs, the Government and Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. The House was initially suspend(...)