Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

The funeral service for Seymour Crawford  took place in Newbliss Presbyterian Church, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Former Fine Gael politician Seymour Crawford was a peacemaker, who had made a significant contribution to the peace process, mourners at his funeral i(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald: holds view there should be a presidential contest and has indicated she has identified potential candidates. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

Sinn Féin is to consider fielding a candidate in the presidential election at a meeting of its ard comhairle this month. The party’s ardfheis passed (...)

Pauline Tully   has over 13 years experience as a local councillor. File photograph: Lorraine Teevan.

The former wife of convicted garda killer, Pearse McAuley has announced her decision to return to politics and plans to run for Sinn Féin in the next (...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn who was honoured by being made a tribe leader last week in Kenya in recognition, according to Cork businessman Michael Mulcahy’s Facebook posting, of his support for businesses in the east Africa country. In case anyone was wondering, wrote Mulcahy in a post with this photograph, he did not know whether O’Flynn, when attending future events in Cork, would have to be addressed as Chief

Well done to those TDs who strongly and passionately argued their case in the Dáil this week. These principled men were facing up to reality in calli(...)

“I think it is disrespectful, I think it is a laugh and I think it is wrong,” Labour TD Alan Kelly said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Top-ranking gardaí were branded “disrespectful” by politicians for failing to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee on Wednesday in a perceiv(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (left) after signing a warrant at Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday granting a posthumous pardon for Myles Joyce in respect of his conviction for the 1882 Maamtrasna murder case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said some of the names mentioned in the race to contest President Michael D Higgins “should not be taken ser(...)

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has been a TD since 1997. Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has confirmed he will not stand in the next general election. Mr Ó Caoláin was first elected a TD for the party in (...)

The Taoiseach recently tweeted a photograph of himself being “photobombed by a llama”. Photograph: Twitter

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has suggested the Taoiseach’s tweeting has made him “more Trump than Trudeau’’. He said Leo Varadkar had recently t(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

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