Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Charlie Flanagan, Frances Fitzgerald and James Reilly:  Fine Gael  employs 35 staff between its  headquarters and as part of its regional structure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael has told its headquarters staff it is starting a programme of redundancies in anticipation of a huge drop in State funding after the genera(...)

Delayed payments have been a recurring issue for Oireachtas staff who have frequently been tasked with chasing politicians to pay off bills. Photograph: The Irish Times

While the formation of a new government continues to cause a headache for many in Irish politics, some TDs are still suffering from a 31st Dáil hangov(...)

The Dáil: there is a clear view in the OECD report that parliamentarians’ role in the policy deliberations around the budget is much too limited. It is hard to see the “big picture” about what the Government is trying to achieve, or indeed to track whether the Government is making progress towards its goals. Photograph: David Sleator
OECD: How to reform the Dáil

The budget is, for any country, a critical tool of national policy and largely determines whether, and how, plans and ambitions can be transformed int(...)

Strokestown Park House,  the new home of the clock

A grandfather clock that plays God Save the Queen when wound up has been acquired by Strokestown Park, the country house and tourist attraction in Co (...)

If neither Enda nor Micheál can cobble together an arrangement with other parties and Independents, they will have to consider talking to each other. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission issued a handy little booklet before Christmas, called Dissolution Guidelines. Among other things, it tells yo(...)

The campaign will highlight that Ireland imports 85 per cent of its energy requirements. Photograph: David Sleator

A €500,000 advertising campaign highlighting the perceived benefits of wind energy begins today. The campaign is funded by the major wind energy com(...)

Anyone named in the draft report will be contacted on Saturday and given two weeks to respond, Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said. Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

The final draft report of the Oireachtas banking inquiry will be distributed to members this morning. The finalisation team tasked with rescuing the (...)

Anyone named in the draft banking inquiry report will be contacted on Saturday and given two weeks to respond, Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has said. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Anyone named in the draft banking inquiry report will be contacted on Saturday and given two weeks to respond, Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael M(...)

“It is unfortunate that on this issue the Bar Council’s motto “Nolumus Mutari” (We Shall Not Be Changed) has triumphed.” Photograph: Frank Miller

During December the Legal Services Regulation Bill should complete its passage through both Houses of the Oireachtas. Unfortunately, because (...)

 Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)