In politics, predictions made when there is no short-term prospect of a change of leader can become moot by the time that change occurs. In the(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein is disappointed and concerned at the development. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee has decided not to interview a serving civil servant who has made allegations of tax evasion against a number of (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ Radio studios on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) saluted the courage of the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Sunday after he talked publicly for the fir(...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

Wicklow independent candidate Stephen Donnelly canvassing in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow in 2011. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has confirmed he will not join the Independent alliance championed by fellow Independent deputies Shane Ross and Micha(...)

A new opinion poll shows only one per cent of voters support Lucinda Creighton’s new party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A new opinion poll has shown both Government parties have increased their support, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton the most popular(...)

Independent Deputy Finian McGrath has said he would be open to a third rate of tax for high earners. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Independent Deputy Finian McGrath has said he would be open to a third rate of tax for high earners.The Dublin North-Central deputy, who is to join wi(...)

 Independent Offaly councillor  John Leahy,  Lucinda Creighton and  Eddie Hobbs announcing the new party. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The tentative establishment of a new political party by former Fine Gael minister of state, Lucinda Creighton is an interesting development. With an e(...)

Independent TDs Shane Ross (left) and Finian McGrath (right) have said they are not interested in joining Lucinda Creighton’s new political party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Two high-profile Independent TDs have said they will not be joining the new party to be founded by former Fine Gael junior minister Lucinda Creighton.(...)

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton: her efforts with Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice and others to bring together groups of like-minded individuals on the centre-right  have been echoed by People Before Profit, the Socialist Party and the Anti-Austerity Alliance. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

A surge in opinion poll support for Independent TDs and Others, making this the largest catch-all grouping in the Dáil, has opened up the prospect of (...)