During the Order of Business on Wednesday, Renua leader Lucinda  Creighton said: “I want to ask the Taoiseach to unequivocally reject the demand of Siteserv and Denis O’Brien to change the record of the House and interfere with the independence of the House.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to “unequivocally reject” a demand that the record of the Dáil be amended in(...)

The Dáil was adjourned twice yesterday in a heated row after Opposition TDs accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of being disrespectful to them in his replie(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean  Barrett repeatedly asked TDs to resume their seats. 3:30

The Dáil has been adjourned for the second time in a row about water charges, the amount collected so far and the manner in which Taoiseach Enda Kenny(...)

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 (...)