US senator Bernie Sanders  sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US president at the US Capitol in Washington, DC earlier in January. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

As the bustle of the Biden inauguration has receded and the new president has got to work, one memory of the event shows no sign of fading. Bernie San(...)

Sharon Donnery and Philip Lane. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo/Reuters

A letter from the Italian chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Roberto Gualtieri, to the Italian presiden(...)

Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery

Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery is one of the two contenders nominated by MEPs to head the euro zone’s bank supervisory operation. The Co(...)

Irish ministers can speak Irish and have it translated at European meetings, but only with prior notice and in practice, few ever speak Irish. The Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada (above) has made a number of speeches in the European Parliament in Irish. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The cost of translating European Parliament documents into Irish is almost twice the average rate for all languages, the parliament has confirmed as i(...)

‘Michael Noonan is still the indispensable man, utterly central to the operations of Government and its success.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/

In just over two weeks, Michael Noonan will deliver the first budget of the new minority Government. It will be Noonan’s sixth budget, a modest giveaw(...)

 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(...)

Eoghan Murphy, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, David Stanton and   Regina Doherty launching Fine Gael’s  Oireachtas Reform Programme in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil will not begin to function fully under sweeping parliamentary reforms until weeks before the parliamentary recess in July. The prolonged neg(...)

The 32nd Dáil will be very different from the last. The working model where government proposes and parliament disposes is gone. Photograph: Michael Quinn

The Dáil broke new ground on Friday with the appointment of a Fine Gael-led minority Government, but the often chaotic scenes surrounding its creation(...)

The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before.. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before. There have been shake-ups before (...)

You can get a sense of the ideology at work in some of the documents produced by House Republicans under the leadership of Paul Ryan. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: public projects, from the Erie canal to the interstat(...)