A few years back I took a call from the Foleys, an Irish family in north London. Little did I know then that it would lead to an exciting new resource(...)

Sinn Féin has warned it will take legal action if TDs are not allowed to debate and vote on government regulations they oppose. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has warned the party will take legal action if TDs are not allowed to debate and vote on government regulations they oppose, including fishe(...)

Shane Ross  with TDs from the Independent Alliance  and  Aisling Dunne, one of the party’s co-ordinators for talks with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Parties with five TDs or more are to be given full parliamentary status and speaking time in the Dáil for the first time, a committee established to e(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil is facing another stalemate next week with the overwhelming majority of Independent TDs unlikely to vote for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Mar(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

Dáil reform is a worthy but woolly concept that means little to a disillusioned electorate. What matters to it is the formation of an effective govern(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl: “Each member has a part to play in this process of reform.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

The ceann comhairle could be given the power to intervene if government ministers decline to answer TDs’ questions, under proposed Dáil reforms. Th(...)

New  Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail: Chairing first Dáil committee meeting on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

An agreed programme of Dáil reform could be put before the House as early as April 6th, encompassing agreed changes to the way the house functions, a(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to push for greater opposition input into how a budget is formed. File photograph: gareth chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to push for greater opposition input into how a budget is formed while not guaranteeing support for the measures (...)

Michael and Danny Healy Rae on the bonnet of a jeep during the first meeting of the 32nd Dail at Leinster House.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The bullying tactics of Sinn Féin on the opening day of the new Dáil cast the cold, harsh glare of reality on to all of the post-election talk about a(...)