Geraldine Feeney at the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has questioned the appointment of a former Fianna Fáil senator to the State’s ethics watchdog, who the Dáil was told became a professional l(...)

Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly said a record of what is said in the chamber has been kept since the first sitting of the Dáil 101 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tuesday marked a unusual milestone in the history of the House. Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly announced that the sitting would see the comm(...)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham: “The culture is still that Westminster holds all the power and all the money.” Photograph:  Jacob King/PA

The coronavirus crisis has from the beginning revealed the limits of Westminster’s reach, as devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Irel(...)

Hand-sanitising gel. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

First commandment for TDs: Mind thine own seat. It is the guiding principle upon which they all agree. A sacred rule of political life they dare not (...)

Knees up: Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson gets a friendly knee from Labour’s Alan Kelly  on the Plinth on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the middle of a national health crisis no less, a senior politician currently contesting his party’s leadership was clearly observed doing the Huck(...)

Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

Athy businesswoman Marcella O’Reilly: says a doubling of her rates bill was “just a kick in the teeth”. Photo: Laura Hutton

Marcella O’Reilly was angry. The owner of a ladies’ clothing shop in Kildare, she opened her rates bill one day in early 2017 to find they had doubled(...)

Ryanair will cancel up to 30 flights from the Republic to the UK tomorrow, hitting about 5,000 passengers, as a result of its the first planned strike by its Irish-based pilots.

The cost of doing business will be an ongoing theme today. First up is a report, compiled by the Oireachtas Business Committee, which claims Irish bus(...)

Restaurants have seen insurance premium increases of 45 per cent, a level the Restaurant Association of Ireland deems “unsustainable”. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish businesses have begun looking outside the State for more affordable insurance premiums as the spiralling price of cover becomes an increasingly (...)

A proposal to set up a new Oireachtas committee to track Government progress on addressing climate change and implementing radical measures to counter(...)

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