Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: well-meaning efforts at sparkling banter. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Winston Churchtown’s two-day appearance before the Oireachtas Committee on Un-Olympian Activities was a tour de force. He would be absolutely unanimo(...)

Shane Ross: “If we build up these stadiums and we are a credible bidder, which we obviously are if we win this bid, I think the sky’s the limit.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has set his sights on hosting the Olympic Games if Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is successful. Mr Ros(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Members of the 7th Battalion, Air Corps and Naval Service members at the commemoration. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The unfamiliar might be forgiven for believing the 101st anniversary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising were focused on the building formerly kn(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has formally withdrawn from the Fine Gael leadership contest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

After trailing his name in the Fine Gael leadership stakes for a few weeks, Simon Harris this morning formally withdrew from the contest that has yet (...)

Lollipop questioning: Páraic Duffy, John Delaney and Philip Browne. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

To the national parliament, where the heads of the country’s three biggest sporting bodies got a demonstration of how not to run a committee meeting. (...)

Jerry Buttimer: he said Dr Whitaker’s life was “the epitome of what good public service should be’’

Tributes were paid in the Seanad on Thursday to former civil servant and Senator TK Whitaker to mark his 100th birthday. Seanad leader Jerry Buttim(...)

‘Senator Michael McDowell brought   innocence and intrigue in the Seanad.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

The Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Seanad was rendered red-faced and speechless on Tuesday when Michael McDowell blew the whistle on his brazen attempt to(...)

Former Fine Gael Frank Feighan: Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Fine Gael senator Frank Feighan said on Wednesday he felt vindicated as Health Minister Simon Harris officially opened a new €5.5 million endoscopy un(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan said he sympathised with the British people on the dilemma in which they found themselves

The Seanad is to hold a major debate on the implications of Brexit in the autumn. Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell said there was need for “a compr(...)