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(...)

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton gauges interest in the formation of a new political party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton has written to her supporters inviting them to a gathering next week at which the possibility of setting up a new po(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members who launched a policy document today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sweeping changes in the political system are advocated by the Reform Alliance in a policy document launched today.However, the group of TDs and senato(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members, which could become a new political party under the ‘Independent Alliance’ banner. From left: Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A member of the Reform Alliance has ruled out joining a new party that could evolve from the group of former Fine Gael TDs and senators. Denis Naughte(...)

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(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames: now a Reform Alliance member,  she said she had “decided with a heavy heart that I will not be renewing my Fine Gael membership”, adding that the party leadership “made it almost impossible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the TDs who lost the Fine Gael whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill last summer has been readmitted to the party’s pa(...)

Billy Timmins defied the Fine Gael whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another member of the Reform Alliance group of dissident TDs and senators has renewed his membership of Fine Gael. Billy Timmins, a Wick(...)

Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller: his remuneration rose 18 per cent last year to €1.5 million, with his pension payment rising to €175,000 from €119,000 in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has taken a sideswipe at the increase in pension contribution paid by Aer Lingus to its chief executive Ch(...)

In 2009  RTE’s George Lee was chosen as a Fine Gael  candidate for the Dáil and won the contest by a landslide.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a political party, a celebrity candidate is to an upcoming election, what a flake is to a ‘99 ice cream. You don’t really really need it but, boy,(...)

Plinth politics: Reform Alliance members (from left) Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever you do, don’t call it a party. Today, the Reform Alliance, the group comprised of seven members of the Oireachtas – five TDs and two Senators(...)