Seán Barrett: “You are representing your country as speaker of the House and there is a great deal of patriotism there.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As history was made yesterday with the election of ceann comhairle by secret ballot, Seán Barrett quietly took his seat on the Fine Gael backbenches. (...)

Waterford Whispers News editor Colm Williamson. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The satirical website Waterford Whispers News has removed an article about businessman Denis O’Brien from its site, following a threat of legal action(...)

Mounted Garda Horses Donagh & Oscar with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD during the launch of the RSA and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Booklet  on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said EU proposals to open up the domestic rail network to tender are not viable in Ireland’s case. The Gove(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Leading members of the Government and Opposition have united in condemnation of businessman Denis O’Brien’s bid to sue the members of the Oireachtas (...)

In defence of privilege

When businessman Denis O’Brien took RTÉ to the High Court in June to injunct the broadcast of details of his relationship with State-owned Irish Bank (...)

Gardaí outside Leinster House. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Leinster House is under potential threat from “fixated loners”, gardaí have warned TDs. Amid heightened security concerns consideration is being given(...)

Catherine Murphy: said she was acting on the concerns of citizens and engaged in a search for answers

The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, is likely to refer Siteserv’s request to amend the Dáil record in relation to the company to the Oireachtas Commit(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald does not intend to retract her Ansbacher comments which were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege.She alle(...)

Mary Lou McDonald last December made comments using Dáil privilege to link six named politicians to offshore Ansbacher accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former politicians named as alleged Ansbacher account holders by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald have made formal complaints to the Oireach(...)