The latest output from the rumour mill is that Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, will be the day Enda Kenny calls the election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The moment to call “Time, gentlemen, please!” on the 31st Dáil is fast approaching. President Michael D Higgins is said to have cleared his diary and(...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

David Begg defended his knowledge of pensions and said some of what had been said in the Dáil about his role in pension discussions on Aer Lingus was a “travesty of the truth”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Regulating the Irish pensions regime in circumstances of “fragility and uncertainty about the future” will be a “formidable challenge”, chairman desig(...)

More than 200 people have been appointed to State boards under a new process that allows members of the public to register their interest in vacancies. File photograph: Getty Images

More than 200 people have been appointed to State boards under a new process that allows members of the public to register their interest in vacancies(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gerry Adams demands the full attention of the chamber when he speaks. If there is background chatter, the Sinn Féin leader will stop talking and wait (...)

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has clai(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Tánaiste has said she appointed David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority because he was “eminently qualified” for the job. “He has years (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said when there is somebody who is ‘obviously and self-evidently suited to a particular position, then a Minister...may make that appointment’.

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has called on the Government not to engage in an “orgy farewell appointments” to State boards as its term i(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has accused the Tánaiste of ‘arrogance’ and ‘crass stupidity’ over her appointment of David Begg to the board of the Pensions Authority .Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of “absolute arrogance” and “crass stupidity” over her appointment of David Begg to a St(...)

 David Begg: defending her decision to appoint Mr Begg as Pensions Authority chairman, Joan Burton said he “has an outstanding record in this area”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Joan Burton faces a motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week over her decision to bypass a competitive process and appoint former trade (...)