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Would a €9 pork chop be a suitably priced food offering to appease the hungry Covid gods? Photograph: iStock

If all goes well, the sun will set in November and the police can take their noses out of your pork chops. But there isn’t a great amount of confiden(...)

Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy’s potential move  indicates that the party, who now have six TDs, are likely to remain in Opposition. Photograph: Collins

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphyis considering standing for the post of Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil as party sources said they are unlikely(...)

Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s newly elected TD for Roscommon-Galway, after she was elected:  The political adviser-turned-elected deputy is the youngest woman in the new Dáil.

“It’s official – there is no turning back now,” said Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s newly elected TD for Roscommon-Galway, after she signed the roll(...)

  This has been Bernard Durkan’s 12th consecutive general election win

Bernard Durkan TD (74) is Kildare North’s longest-serving parliamentarian, first elected on behalf of Fine Gael in 1981. Though unseated in February 1(...)

 Catherine Murphy, Co-leader Social Democrats, who has been elected in Kildare North. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The count is all over in Punchestown and there are several familiar faces – and one new one – bound for Dáil Éireann to represent Kildare North. Soc(...)

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy topped the poll here in 2016, and there is little to suggest she won’t repeat the trick this time out. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kildare North (four seats) Current: 1 FG, 2 FF, 1 Soc Dem Kildare is the heart of the commuter belt, and as such, infrastructure and quality of life(...)

Bernard Durkan:  he said  some of the difficulties in housing and health were “unacceptable and shouldn’t happen”

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy was heavily criticised by one of his own backbench TDs at a private meeting less than a day after he survived a Dá(...)

Flawless foundation: former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The important task of stockpiling ammunition ahead of the general election is underway in earnest in the main parties. Goggle-eyed junior assistants (...)

In January 2000, Fianna Fáil’s minister for justice John O’Donoghue was on the verge of bringing policy suggestions to Cabinet. His steerage of the issue had been attacked as a ‘shambles’ by the Progressive Democrats, the junior partner in government. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

At the turn of the century as asylum applications in Ireland were escalating faster than officials could keep up, the government was scrambling to fin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the appointment of Catherine Day in the Dáil following Cabinet approval. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former head of the European Commission Service Catherine Day has been appointed to chair the new Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality. Taoiseach Leo(...)

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