Paul Murphy: “Minister Kelly is swaggering around the place like Nelson from The Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Shades of the Dublin South West byelection in the Dáil yesterday when Sinn Féin raced into what looked like an unassailable lead, only for the Anti Au(...)

‘The iconic status of Gerry Adams for the republican movement meant there was never a chance that party deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald would decline to back him to the hilt in the face of Maíria Cahill’s allegations regardless of the political consequences.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The performance of Sinn Féin in the forthcoming general election has the potential to dramatically alter the nature and direction of Irish politics. D(...)

Senator Mary White said she was extremely proud to be the first woman selected by Fianna Fáil for the general election. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has selected Senator Mary White as its general election candidate for the new three-seat constituency of Dublin Rathdown. She defeated Sha(...)

Cllr Shay Brennan has the edge in the Fianna Fáil Dublin South selection convention which is in his father’s old constituency where Mr Brennan senior served as a TD from 1981 until his death in 2008. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A Senator and two councillors, including the son of the late minister Séamus Brennan, go head-to-head at the Fianna Fáil Dublin South selection conven(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015, published by Government last month, had “no ambition”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has accused the Government parties of having “utterly gone against a Green agenda”.Mr Ryan said he would not criticise t(...)

The former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has taken a High Court action to overturn some of Seán Guerin’s findings.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There will be no Dáil debate on the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into claims of Garda malpractice because of a connected legal actio(...)

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(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he is ‘quite confident in predicting that some form of alliance or common platform will be established’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Four new political parties or alliances could be established by the summer in anticipation of a general election occurring earlier than the scheduled(...)

A room at  the Marker Hotel  where Lucinda Creighton’s press conference is being held.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton is expected to confirm today the launch of a new political party.According to a source, a low-key announcement i(...)

Alex White: will stand in Dublin Rathdown

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett said he may resign from his position and return to the Fine Gael backbenches before the next general election. Mr Barrett(...)