Shane Ross: He said it gave an unfair advantage to the party in power that the taoiseach had the power to dissolve the Dáil and choose an election date. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

The Government will not oppose the hearing of legislation to introduce a fixed Dáil term and remove power from a taoiseach to set the date of a gener(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  signs a book of condolence which was opened in memory of the victims of the Carrickmines fire in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led the expressions of sympathy in the Dáil for those who died in the Carrickmines and Louth tragedies at the weekend. Mr Ken(...)

Abuse survivor Maíria Cahill: “If I am elected, one of the issues I will highlight is abuse in general, including the area of domestic violence.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Maíria Cahill is on course to be elected as a Labour member of the Seanad in a byelection next month. The nomination of the Belfast woman by the Labo(...)

Last month Airbnb contacted users telling them it would supply Revenue with details of income generated by users in the Republic going back to May 1st, 2014. It said host income had always been taxable and it had always made that clear.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

There probably should never have been any confusion about the tax treatment of Airbnb income. The Revenue Commissioners issued perfectly clear guidan(...)

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: will confirm her intention not to contest the forthcoming party selection convention for the Dublin-Rathdown constituency today. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael veteran Olivia Mitchell is to announce her retirement from politics today. Ms Mitchell will confirm her intention not to contest the forthc(...)

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,(...)

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Dublin, operated for 47 years before structural defects forced its closure in December 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Large numbers of schoolchildren in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, have been let down by the closure of Glenalbyn swimming pool and no longer swim, local TD S(...)

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council officials produced a report questioning the economic merit of reopening a pool at the Glenalbyn location, causing anger among locals. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A public meeting to protest at the ongoing closure of Glenalbyn swimming pool in south County Dublin is to be held in Stillorgan, on Monday night. Dú(...)

Gerry Ryan wrote to the PAC  alleging the Ansbacher accounts were used by prominent figures to evade tax in the 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Public Accounts Committee cannot examine evidence from whistleblower Gerry Ryan. Members met today to view the correspondence from Mr Ryan but le(...)

 Shane Ross: “I’m not suggesting that whoever is appointed eventually is flawed”, but “everybody in this House knows that those who are going to sit in judgment in such tribunals are political appointees”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The practice of appointing judges to head commissions of inquiry was questioned in the Dáil on Wednesday. Independent TD Shane Ross asked: “Is (...)