Lucinda Creighton took to the plinth  to demand that the Government publish the advice it was given by the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, on the setting-up of the IBRC commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every Easter weekend, the teachers’ unions go off for a few days to some hotel or other, looking for notice. And they get it, too: acres of space in (...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on water charges.

In 2001, there was a byelection in Tipperary South which Fianna Fáil was expected to win. The party lost the vote, and afterwards blamed it on an opi(...)

Gráinne Maguire: encouraged her fellow countrywomen to tweet details of their menstrual cycle to the Taoiseach

All fur coat and no knickers – that’s the nice sort of evening the Cricklewood Blueshirts wanted for Enda last night. Readers might recall the dramat(...)

Renua’s  Lucinda Creighton at Leinster House. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) approach to gender quotas has been adopted by some male politicians who are concerned about their own futures as the dea(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  before the budget announcement yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland: the best small country in the world in which to leak budgets. They don’t do suspense in this Government. No spoiler alerts necessary with Mic(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big (...)

Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

There is an old saying in Irish politics that the first thing on the agenda for any new political party is the split. As soon as the two main Trotskyi(...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

 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(...)