Bernadette McAliskey: gave delegates a highly personal account of her childhood and the road that took her to the moment in 1972 when, in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, she crossed the floor of the British House of Commons and slapped the British home secretary Reginald Maudling across the face. Photograph: Reuters

“I stand here as the youngest woman in Parliament, in the same tradition as the first woman ever to be elected to this Parliament, Constance Markie(...)

Members of the Cassidy family; (from left),  Eddie, John, Constance, Eleanor, Jane, Harry and Kate, after their Supreme Court win this morning.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The owners of Sligo’s Lissadell House have secured a Supreme Court ruling that there are no public rights of way across most of four routes through th(...)

Reforming the Dail

By nudging the door ajar in their proposals for Dáil reform, Government ministers have whetted the appetite of backbenchers who may push it wide open (...)

Simon Coveney said that the response of his department and other State agencies to the horse meat crisis was quick and decisive.

Politicians, like journalists, veer towards hyperbole but when Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Simon Coveney declares 2013 as “an extraordinary(...)

US president Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement on Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday. He changed his mind about military intervention in Syria while strolling around the White House grounds with his top adviser, chief of staff Denis McDonough, on Friday evening, NBC News said. Photograph:  Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s surprise move to defer military action against Syria pending the approval of Congress turns an international crisis over the alleged us(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)

Our TDs are often written off as mere ‘messenger boys’, but is their behaviour much different from that of parliamentary representatives in other countries?

The following quote appears in the autobiography of a former Irish cabinet minister: “Foreign colleagues were amazed in an interval of some internatio(...)

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I can chart the major events of most of my adult life in glasses of wine. There was the one – crisp and white – I had in a sunny back garden with my p(...)