Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Jason Coyle, director of Mr Crumb food export business in Finea, Co Westmeath: “We have broadband, but not broadband of the capability or the capacity to run a modern business the way it should.”

Every second Friday, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly hosts a meeting of interested parties, businesses and residential, solely on the issue of broadba(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton  at a press conference on the outcome of their  Cabinet meeting  on jobs this week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Alas, we couldn’t make it to Lucinda Creighton’s breakfast gig yesterday morning owing to the fact that we were stuck to the bed with fright after hea(...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda and Joan invited a few people around yesterday afternoon to see in the new political year. There was a good turnout for their press conference in(...)

Wicklow independent candidate Stephen Donnelly canvassing in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow in 2011. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has confirmed he will not join the Independent alliance championed by fellow Independent deputies Shane Ross and Micha(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

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(...)