Brian Walsh: Thanked for his service to the House.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael Galway West TD Brian Walsh has resigned his Dáil seat on medical grounds. Mr Walsh announced last November he was standing down as a candi(...)

Labour Party TD Michael McNamara. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government was forced to vote for the expulsion of one of its backbenchers following a heated Dáil row. Labour TD Michael McNamara refused to res(...)

 Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)

Pearse  Doherty (SF)  raised concerns over his parliamentary questions on the commission of inquiry into transactions at IBRC being disallowed.  “We are prevented from doing this but you can step out onto the plinth and anybody with an NUJ card, anyone who is accredited by the media, can ask the Ministers those questions.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The commission of inquiry into transactions at Irish Bank Resolution Corporation has cost €244,769 to date, it has emerged. Sinn Féin’s spokesman on F(...)

French ambassador to Ireland Jean Pierre Thébault (left) earlier this year with French PM Manuel Valls inaugurating the new French embassy at Merrion Square. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A minute’s silence was observed in the Dáil and in the Seanad to honour those who died and were injured in the Paris attacks. There was sustained appl(...)

 Catherine Byrne TD:    memo said she was in “absolute shock” and “visibly upset” after she was  “verbally accosted”   by a member of the public. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leinster House is to increase security measures, including installing a scanning system for all visitors, after a “material escalation in the level of(...)

Enda Kenny said the treatment of a 91-year-old at Tallaght hospital was a “shocking example of dysfunctionality in the system”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has asked who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a hospital trolley for 29 hours. Describing it as a “shocking exam(...)

Lucinda Creighton: has introduced a Bill which she says will implement Moriarty Tribunal recommendations.   Photograph: Leah Farrell

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to give a clear commitment that Independent TD Michael Lowry will not form (...)

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to give a clear commitment that Independent TD Michael Lowry, if re-elected, would not form part of the next government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to give a commitment that Independent TD Michael Lowry, if re-elected, will (...)

The Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges is the subject of a legal action taken by Denis O’Brien (above), who has accused the committee of breaching his constitutional rights and interfering with the role of the courts and has sued the members personally. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out a Dáil debate on a legal challenge taken by businessman Denis O’Brien. Mr Kenny said the issue was legally complex (...)