Danny Healy Rae

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘My only concern is to protect people.’ Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Calmer heads all round in the Dáil on Wednesday, except for the usual suspects from the Roaring Independents Group. Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonal(...)

 Mattie McGrath claimed the Taoiseach launched ‘an  apartheid decision’ on indoor dining. File photograph :Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin accused a Rural Independent of taking the Bolsonaro and Trump approach in denying the existence of the Covid-19 pandemic, aft(...)

Eamon Ryan in the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Screengrab from Oireachtas footage

The landmark Climate Action Bill sets the course of Ireland for the next 30 years, according to Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan. (...)

Kerry’s Michael Healy-Rae said he’s not a climate change denier and he’s ‘not trying to say that we shouldn’t improve on the way we live’. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Rural Independent TDs highlighted pollution in Asia and the attacked the Government’s Climate Action Bill which they claim will damage farming and tou(...)

The Taoiseach said Government would be looking at the issue of attending Mass and religious services but he said he could give ‘no guarantees’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin renewed his appeal for international co-operation on vaccine supply as noted the involvement of numerous countries in the pro(...)

Talk to Pearse: Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It’s all fun and games in the insurance companies until somebody rings in about their outrageously increased premium and utters the dreaded line: “I’m(...)

Labour TD Duncan Smith:  ‘I’m not going to be lectured on understanding workers.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The act is down to a fine art and people are well used to it by now. It’s easy to anticipate the lines. Nobody really reacts anymore. “Usually, what(...)

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle: ‘People always ask me when I do Leader’s Questions: what do I think of the responses? And I say I never listen to the responses because they mean nothing.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The next time Thomas Pringle gets his turn at Leaders’ Questions, the best thing Micheál Martin can do is respond with a nice chorus of De Banks, or b(...)

 Danny Healy Rae  accused the Taoiseach of hurting and “belittling” thousands of rural-based publicans and their patrons. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the plague-deserted halls of academe, lonely professors wept for joy into their dusty mortar boards. White-coated boffins abandoned microscopes in(...)

Michael Collins TD, a fan of carrying  the clear plastic visor, pictured during outside Leinster House on Tuesday with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Under the circumstances, Mary Lou McDonald was probably the right person in the right place when two aerosols from Kerry began discharging indiscrimin(...)

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