European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

The promise of “an exciting new political venture” loses much of its bite when only three elected representatives are involved. As things stand, the l(...)

 Independent TD Shane Ross with Feargal Quinn and members of the Independent Alliance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Independent Alliance would not “prop up” any government, it said yesterday as it unveiled its latest recruits. The grouping headed by Independent (...)

The Independent Alliance, headed by Independent TD Shane Ross and Michael Fitzmaurice  is to field up to 20 candidates in the upcoming general election.

The Independent Alliance is to field up to 20 candidates in the upcoming general election. The group - headed by Independent TD Shane Ross and Michael(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: joins TDs John Halligan, Finian McGrath and Tom Fleming in the grouping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator Feargal Quinn is to join the Independent Alliance, it has emerged. Mr Quinn is expected to confirm his decision at a press conference today. T(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny arrives at the EU Council headquarters at the start of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, June 26th. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Vidal

The Greek crisis has intruded itself into Irish party politics over the past week and could even have a direct impact on the outcome of the next elect(...)

According to Tom Moloney of Construction Information Services, there are solid reasons for believing the sector has turned a corner. Photograph: Alan Betson

A construction summit in Dublin on Tuesday will bring together some of the leading figures in the industry at a time of renewed optimism in the sector(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)