Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

A handy day to ease the Dáil back to irrelevance after a long layoff. But although the new season kicked off yesterday afternoon, it seems the tran(...)

Angela Kerins (right), former Rehab Group chief: The PAC, her counsel said, had “acted beyond its remit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Three large cardboard boxes filled with ring-binders were wheeled into court number nine of the High Court at 2pm yesterday. Through the handle of the(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: interview showed her rewriting the past

The Dáil adjourned for the summer recess with a publicity stunt from Sinn Féin which served as a reminder to all the other parties of just what a ruth(...)

Stephen Donnelly: His decision to resign from banking inquiry was variously described as “brave” and “precious”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There are three types of politician in Ireland. There is the bottom-rung-up operator who slowly works their way up the ranks, joining a party, serving(...)

A disgusted Mattie McGrath has become the victim of a ruthless takeover by Clare Daly, who quickly decamped from her office on the fourth floor to Luke “Ming” Flanagan’s lair on the third floor as soon as Ming was elected. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath was very pleased for fellow Independent Ming Flanagan when he got the nod to go off to Europe. Pleased on the double, in fact. Because (...)

Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe had anticipated being one of the nine inquisitors, but the nomination of Marc MacSharry of Fianna Fáil has swayed the balance in favour of the Opposition.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The banking inquiry has been slouching towards the starting line for some time, but a festering row over which politicians should sit on the investiga(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

 People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: the party made significant breakthroughs in urban centres. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

There has always been a strong tradition of independent representation in Irish politics at all levels but it has been ignored a little in the past be(...)

 Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)