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 (...)

Tops for Tweets: Des Cahill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RTÉ broadcaster Des Cahill, aka @sportsdes, is the most influential journalist on Twitter, according to the #murraytweetindex, a new ranking by pub(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “there are positive discussions ongoing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Reform Alliance TD and former Minister of State Lucinda Creighton has called for State funding for groups that wish to form new political parties. “If(...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)

Catherine Murphy TD (Ind): “Why did you choose to accept a more expensive option that required us to borrow from the Pension Reserve Fund with massive interest costs?”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A water meter is installed somewhere in Ireland every 30 seconds, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told the Dáil. Irish Water has installed(...)

Sinn Féin appears to have taken an entirely inconsistent approach in how it deals with allegations from whistleblowers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

So far this year, a number of whistleblowers have stepped into the public domain and made substantial allegations which have forced their way onto the(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross says ‘the numbers are there’ for a new political party after he contacted 193 Independent councillors for their views. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent TD Shane Ross has said he believes the time is right for a new political party or alliance and that the numbers willing to run for elec(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been told there is no legal basis for it to examine the tax evasion claims made by a civil servant in the Depa(...)

Independent TD and PAC member Shane Ross yesterday said the issue presented a “very serious situation”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The fact that the TDs accused of tax evasion in the dossier provided to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) belong to another era may go some way to l(...)