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Dara Murphy registered his presence in Leinster House on 42 of the 104 sitting days in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interesting figure from the Dara Murphy fob-a-job abomination – while the bulk of his appearances in Leinster House occurred when the Dáil wasn’t in s(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson holds a copy of the party manifesto as he speaks at the Conservative Party’s manifesto launch.  Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Good morning, it’s 17 days to Election Day. Can Boris Johnson be stopped? With an average poll lead over Labour of 13 points, the Conservatives are o(...)

Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: has been described as a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” and  “one of the great speakers”. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

With his announcement that he will stand down as speaker by October 31st, John Bercow is ending a House of Commons career that has seen him move from (...)

Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe giving a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday. “It doesn’t matter which language you use, we are leaving and we are pleased to be going.” Photograph:  EuropaTV/PA Wire

The former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe has likened the UK’s departure from the EU to the emancipation of slaves, as she became the first Brex(...)

 Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs during the European anthem ahead of the inaugural session at the European Parliament. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party MEPs turned their backs during the playing of the European anthem at a ceremony to mark the opening of the European (...)

Backlash:  Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. said  the lack of female  guest presenters on Have I Got News For You is because they do not want the job. Photograph:  Ian West/PA Wire

BBC quiz captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have faced a backlash over claims female politicians were too reticent and modest to host Have I Got News(...)

Ann Widdecombe finishes in second place during the Celebrity Big Brother final at Elstree Studios near London. Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images

It’s encouraging to think that the same viewing public, who decided that shining examples of humanity like Jim Davidson, Gary Busey and Stephen Bear w(...)

Daniel O’Reilly – aka Dapper Laughs – didn’t waste long getting back to the business of 'banter'. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Like a distant uncle turning up drunk at a wake who then attempts to kiss the corpse, the arrival of Dapper Laughs (aka Daniel O’Reilly) has signalled(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy has bemoaned a lack of ‘respect’ for lobbyists. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This month saw the second anniversary of the State’s lobbying disclosure regime. Was there a cake and candles? Was there, hell. Two years in, one thin(...)

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