Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Four Independent parliamentarians involved in forming a new party have accelerated their work in the wake of their plans being made public. TDs Ca(...)

Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Róisín Shortall: in talks in talks on forming a new party.

Three prominent Independent TDs have been involved in talks on forming a new party that will challenge Shane Ross’s prospective alliance and Renua Ire(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy has claimed in the Dáil  it was known “Denis O’Brien felt confident enough in his dealings with IBRC that he could write to Kieran Wallace, the special liquidator, to demand that the same favourable terms, extended to him by way of verbal agreement, be continued’’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien enjoyed an interest rate of about 1.25 per cent on an IBRC loan when he “arguably should’’ have been charged 7.5 per cent, I(...)

Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

   President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi definitely doesn’t want to make a date with the now-running banking inquiry. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

And still they talked about water. It’s been tough going. In a lazy Leinster House afternoon, a lovely little exchange took place between Labour’s Eri(...)

Almost one-third of county councils are in a position to cut the property tax by the full 15 per cent allowable next year and still be in a position (...)

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(...)

Charlene Murray from Shankill with her five children: Casey (12), Zara (10), James (8), Kealum (4) and Skye (4). The family have been living in a hotel in Citywest for the past three months. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Up to 500 homeless children and their parents are estimated to be living in hotels as authorities struggle to deal with what c(...)

 Catherine Murphy: Independent TD said annual burden of servicing the national debt is only slightly less than the entire first, second and third-level education budget for the year.

Ireland’s national debt is rising €1,000 every second and the taxpayer will spend €8.54 billion this year servicing that debt, the Dáil has hea(...)