Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl: “Each member has a part to play in this process of reform.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

The ceann comhairle could be given the power to intervene if government ministers decline to answer TDs’ questions, under proposed Dáil reforms. Th(...)

 Fine Gael Ministers have made it abundantly clear that they will not tolerate a deal that leaves Enda Kenny in power simply to have Fianna Fáil pull the plug at the most politically opportune time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It can’t be an anti-climax if nobody expected matters to reach a conclusion. The events in Leinster House yesterday played out more or less exactly a(...)

Seán Barrett: “You are representing your country as speaker of the House and there is a great deal of patriotism there.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As history was made yesterday with the election of ceann comhairle by secret ballot, Seán Barrett quietly took his seat on the Fine Gael backbenches. (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said to be the favourite for the position of ceann comhairle, which will be decided by secret ballot today. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Fine Gael Ministers are said to be actively encouraging members to support Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl for the position of ceann comhairle. It i(...)

The Dáil chamber: Photograph: Alan Betson

It is never too late to do the right thing. The Government’s announcement that they will finally implement significant Dáil reform is welcome. For a(...)

The Government has decided to proceed immediately with a number of political reforms including the election of the next Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has decided to proceed immediately with a number of political reforms including the election of the next Ceann Comhairle by secret ball(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to the 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Legal proceedings brought by businessman Denis O’Brien against a Dáil committee represent a threat to democracy, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sai(...)

‘After the election the parties simply ignored their pre election commitments. The current Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett (above) was chosen by the then Taoiseach elect Enda Kenny and approved by the Dáil without any vote.’  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Each year, MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland asks a leading public figure to deliver a keynote address on the opening night in the form of(...)

Kevin O’ Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, and his wife Dena, with former tánaiste Michael McDowell SC and Dr Joe Mulholland, director of the Patrick MacGill Summer School at the opening in Glenties, Co Donegal on Sunday night

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has called for urgent “now-or-never” change before the general election that would see the next ceann comhairle elect(...)

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