FF chief Micheál Martin let the cat out of the bag last week while Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty had her sights set on any monkey business. But Mattie McGrath proclaimed himself disgusted

The Dáil Business Committee has no business deciding Dáil business as if it were a legitimate body chosen by the Dáil to order its business, when ever(...)

While Michael Healy-Rae was fit to be tied, Simon Coveney eyed the middle way but Gerry Adams favoured the back-seat drive. Photographs: The Irish Times

Michael Healy-Rae was fit to eat his cap. “What’s wrong with the mornings?” The Independent TD for Kerry repeatedly asked the question, but he got (...)

‘Yes Minister’ stars Nigel Hawthorne, Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds.

John Murphy bowed out as secretary general of the Department of Jobs and Enterprise this week and he told some great yarns about his time in the Civil(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

Dáil reform: “It is not just the Government that will have a lot to get used to in the new Dáil – so too will the members of the Opposition.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The term “new politics” is being bandied about a lot of late, and not in a positive sense. Commentators moan about how long it took for the Government(...)

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(...)

 Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley in the picking warehouse at the firm’s headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has confirmed annual profits are under further pressure after founder Mike Ashley admitted the group was “in troubl(...)

(From the right) Dr Mikael Dolsten, president, worldwide research and development of Pfizer, Ian Read, chairman and chief executive, Pfizer and Dr Rod MacKenzie, group senior vice president, and head of Pfizer pharma therapeutics research and development, Pfizer, give evidence to the Science and Technology Committee at the House of Commons, London. Photo: PA Wire

Merging Pfizer and AstraZeneca could create “a powerhouse of science” delivering “much better outcomes” for patients suffering from illnesses includin(...)

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