An abuse of Dáil privilege

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald is in the headlines again. It is a position she deliberately sought and is happy to maintain. It distracts (...)

The Association of Garda Superintendents has been told that the plan to recruit 300 new officers is not enough to keep pace with the numbers leaving the force.

The number of gardaí is at a critically low level and the Government’s new recruitment drive will not adequately address the problem, Garda superinten(...)

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe said this week that he would write to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett recommending a motion of censure against Mary Lou McDonald. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:39

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she stands over her decision to use Dáil privilege to name former politicians who were accused of h(...)

Ms McDonald has said she will not retract her statement and was “well within her constitutional rights” to name names of politicians accused of having offshore accounts to evade tax. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe is to write to the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, recommending that a motion of censure be moved against Mary Lou Mc(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

A Fine Gael strategy document says “Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

The works are likely to see the Seanad moving for much of 2017, while also closing off the majority of the original Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil and Seanad could be temporarily moved out of Leinster House to allow for substantial renovations and building maintenance which may take up (...)

Mary Lou McDonald last December made comments using Dáil privilege to link six named politicians to offshore Ansbacher accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former politicians named as alleged Ansbacher account holders by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald have made formal complaints to the Oireach(...)

John Perry TD: Stepped down as minister of State for small business in July of last year in a Government reshuffle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD John Perry is one of dozens of TDs who have appointed relations to positions during the lifetime of this Dáil. Mr Perry appointed his wif(...)

Mich Wallace TD, with Clare Daly TD. Mr Wallace said the Dáil was the primary medium through which gardaí could be held to account

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett was asked by members of An Garda Síochána to stop TDs from making allegations which they deemed to be damaging to members(...)