Regina Doherty told LMFM radio that until Enda Kenny clarifies the process for stepping aside as Fine Gael leader, there would be confusion. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The role of the Government chief whip has always been to protect the party leader. Their unofficial yet primary function is to collect information and(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: it is understood he intends to lead Fine Gael for a full term in office but not into the next election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A number of Fine Gael Ministers and prospective leadership candidates have declared their continued support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny as party leader. (...)

Plenty of empty seats on view in the Dáil... TDs were rebuked today by Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl after the start of Dáil business was delayed  until the 20 members required for a quorum were found. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

TDs were rebuked today by Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl after the start of Dáil business was delayed for 40 minutes until the 20 members required f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the launch of Google’s new data centre in Clondalkin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Driverless cars. Have you ever wondered what it must be like to travel in one? Wonder no more, because the Taoiseach described the experience in some(...)

Denis O’Brien: his case against the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges is unlikely to be heard until next year. Photograph: David Sleator

Television reporters are to be allowed broadcast from inside the precincts of Leinster House to prevent protesters getting on screen in the backgroun(...)

Denis O Brien: the businessman took issue with the committee’s findings that Independent TD Catherine Murphy did not abuse Dáil privilege when she made allegations about him in the chamber

The Dáil’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges is to hold a meeting today to discuss its defence against a case taken by businessman Denis O’Brien.(...)

“What made you take it up?” somebody asked. “Is it the leadership ambitions? You have to have the aul cúpla focal, don’t you?” “Idle speculation,” replied Leo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar was in expansive mood on Wednesday at a press briefing on the latest unemployment figures. The Minister for Social Protection was happy (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said there had been a “very significant delay”  in electing a leas cheann comhairle, and it was now a matter for party whips to discuss how to move forward.

MARIE O’HALLORAN Ceann comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl has urged his Dáil colleagues to deal speedily with the nomination of a leas cheann comhairle follow(...)

Fianna Fáil candidate Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher (left) and Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan who were both defeated in a vote for Leas Cheann Comhairle

No Leas Cheann Comhairle has been elected despite votes for four candidates in the Dáil on Thursday. Sinn Féin nominee Sean Crowe was defeated by 106(...)

 John Paul Phelan: the election of the chair will be the first to use the D’Hondt system, which allots chairs of committees in proportion to the size of the party or grouping. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kilkenny Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan is tipped to be appointed chairman of the powerful new Dáil budgetary committee when it meets for first time to(...)