Willie O’Dea: “I think it’s totally inappropriate. I think it’s absolutely inappropriate. Frankly I’ve never heard anything like it.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney’s decision to seek electoral support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly ha(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Government of ignoring the constitutional convention’s recommendations and reports, saying “No one signed up to this process to be ignored, sidelined, second-guessed or patronised.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil will vote next week on the proposal to elect the ceann comhairle by secret ballot. The ceann comhairle, who presides over Dáil proceedings(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said Sinn Féin’s policy was almost childlike, promising to spend an extra €5 billion in health and billions on education and housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The gloves are well and truly off in the political cauldron that is pre-election Leinster House. The dying days of the 31st Dáil are being marked by (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also told his Fine Gael and Labour colleagues a Cabinet meeting is to be held on January 5th to consider promising exchequer figures. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Cabinet on Tuesday the Dáil will resume in January dampening speculation on an early election. Mr Kenny informed his co(...)

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: said the number of patients on trolleys at 8am yesterday was 290, a reduction of 33 per cent on the same day last year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he hopes nurses will vote in favour of the package which led to the deferral of their threatened strike. “I am glad t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called on nurses to back away from industrial action by accepting the package which averted strike action. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he hopes nurses will vote in favour of the package which led to the deferral of their threatened strike. “I am glad th(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys:  ‘The department principally supports artists and arts organisations through the work of the Arts Council.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys has defended her Department’s work in assisting artists as much as possible. She told the Dáil the impact of(...)

Votes in the Seanad byelection are due to be counted on Friday and Labour Party nominee Maíria Cahill is certain to be elected to the seat vacated by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill has described her membership of the dissident group Republican Network for Unity (RNU) as a mistake. Ms Cahill, a candidate in the Seana(...)

One of the most obscure events in Irish politics is wrapping up on Thursday, voting in the Seanad byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

One of the most obscure events in Irish politics is wrapping up today, voting in the Seanad byelection. The electorate is a tiny one, limited to the S(...)

Labour Party Seanad byelection candidate Maíria Cahill (second right) has come under increased pressure to clarify her links to a dissident republican group as voting draws to a close. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Labour Party Seanad byelection candidate Maíria Cahill has come under increased pressure to clarify her links to a dissident republican group as votin(...)