Solicitor Brian O’Donnell with his children Blaise and Blake at the Bank of Ireland’s annual general court in UCD on Thursday: he said the board was “very complacent” and “low on energy”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bank of Ireland chairman Archie Kane told shareholders on Thursday it was the company’s “ambition” to pay a dividend in the first half of 2017 relati(...)

Independent TDs (left to right) Noel Grealish, Mattie McGrath, Denis Naughten, Michael Harty and Michael Collins have confirmed they will be abstaining from today’s Dáil vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two blocks of independent TDs have confirmed they will be abstaining from the Dáil vote for taoiseach on Wednesday. The Independent Alliance and a gr(...)

Six Independent AllianceTDs on Monday criticised acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar for a tweet issued on Sunday night in which he said his general election posters were ready to be used in a second election.

The Independent Alliance has said it will not negotiate with Fine Gael under the threat of a second general election. The six Alliance TDs on Monday(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his ‘sincere and deepest’ sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives in Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Dáil has observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the Donegal drowning tragedy and the Brussels bombings. Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny expre(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Eamon Scanlon.

Fianna Fáil has won two seats in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency where in the last election they took none. Senator Marc MacSharry topped the poll an(...)

The latest output from the rumour mill is that Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, will be the day Enda Kenny calls the election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The moment to call “Time, gentlemen, please!” on the 31st Dáil is fast approaching. President Michael D Higgins is said to have cleared his diary and(...)

Fine Gael’s David Stanton: told the Dáil it should be a “privilege to be a member of a committee, not a right”.

A Fine Gael TD has criticised the poor attendance by some members of the House at Dáil committee meetings. Chairman of the Oireachtas Justice Committ(...)

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government speakers denied Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had misled the Dáil on the attitude of European Central Bank president Jean- Claude Tr(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has clai(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Tánaiste has said she appointed David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority because he was “eminently qualified” for the job. “He has years (...)