The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. T(...)

 Catherine Murphy: said she favoured the reconstitution of Siteserv PLC, which is now in liquidation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Social Democrats party has proposed the establishment of an anti-corruption agency as part of a long-term response to the issues raised by the Com(...)

Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy TD outside the Dáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sloppy planning and construction legislation has resulted in unnecessary bills for management companies for many residents in multi-unit developments,(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There has been a lot of post- hoc rationalisation in the past few days about what was known, and what should have been known, when the terms of ref(...)

 Roisin Shortall: TD says the Dáil must be recalled to discuss and debate the report.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Labour Party should have “stood up and spoken out” over the contents of the Fennelly report, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. Ms Shor(...)

The new Social Democrats party listed their values as: progress; equality; democracy and sustainability. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who launched the Social Democrats party said they would insist on the abolition of water charges if negotiating to(...)

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(...)