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What is Stephen Donnelly up to? He was the driving force behind setting up the new party. He benefited the most - not least from the high profile opportunity of participating in a leaders debate during the election campaign . Picture: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

The Social Democrats had too little time, too little money and too few candidates of calibre to make a definitive break through in last February’s ele(...)

Minister of State John Halligan: Said he planned to vote against the Government on a Labour Party motion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State John Halligan has confirmed he would have voted against the Government this week on a Bill on workers’ rights. The Government suffe(...)

Billy Lawless: Said he had not worked out the logistics of how he would attend sittings, or what the expenses would be. Photograph: The Irish Times

Chicago-based Billy Lawless will be entitled to a total of €29,565 in travel and accommodation expenses under current Oireachtas rules, despite the n(...)

Pieta House founder Joan Freeman was one of three Taoiseach nominees to the Seanad chosen by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees were selected by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In an agreement reached by Mr Martin and Enda Kenny F(...)

Micheál  Martin was addressing a Fianna Fáil event, which took place the Round Room of Dublin’s Mansion House last night, to mark the centenary of the Rising. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is proud of the “central role” the generation of people who fought in the 1916 rising played in founding and building the party, Micheál M(...)

By appointing 18 junior ministers, Enda Kenny has stretched the toleration point to its limits, and possibly beyond. All the more so because 15 of the Ministers of State are from his own party, Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As Taoiseach Enda Kenny reeled off the list of new Ministers of State in the Dáil on Thursday evening, it wasn’t the individual names that commanded m(...)

New Independent TD Catherine Connolly from Galway West will receive €53,500.

Newly elected Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy is due to receive a gratuity payment of almost €60,000 after serving as a county counc(...)

New chief whip Regina Doherty speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s Oireachtas Reform Programme at the Dáil last March, with party members Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Eoghan Murphy  and David Stanton. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 10 of the ministers of State to be named in coming days will not have held office before. The Cabinet is expected to approve the full comp(...)

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 (...)

 Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

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