Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it was hoped to underpin ongoing cross-Border healthcare with legislation after the end of the Brexit transition period. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A cross-Border health initiative that allows patients to travel to the North for treatment will continue “on an administrative” basis into the new yea(...)

Hand-sanitising gel. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

First commandment for TDs: Mind thine own seat. It is the guiding principle upon which they all agree. A sacred rule of political life they dare not (...)

Mattie McGrath, it seems, was the only one making that case at the Business Committee, for a move back to Leinster House. File image: Collins Courts

Mattie McGrath clicked the heels of his ruby red slip-ons and repeated again and again: “There’s no place like home… there’s no place like home… there(...)

The Long Hall on South Great George’s Street: Irish pubs have experienced the longest lockdown in Europe and publicans have been lobbying fiercely to be allowed reopen.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is likely to authorise the reopening of pubs which do not serve food on September 21st, after discussions with the National Public Heal(...)

‘The Sinn Féin leader was busy making as many grand entrances as she possibly could with her 36 strong Dáil team.’ Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

The man and woman who want to be Taoiseach – not at the same time, although plenty would pay good money to see (or not to see) Micheál and Mary Lou ro(...)

Independent TD Noel Grealish arrives at Leinster House. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chatting among themselves over coffee or in the Dáil bar, some TDs and Senators have been trying to figure out what exactly motivated Noel Grealish to(...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some light relief from Danny Healy-Rae to take everyone’s mind off Brexit when he called for the army to be mobilised to deal with the epidemic of wan(...)

 Senator Ronán Mullen (left) said any organisation collecting outside a church which had advocated a Yes vote in the abortion referendum should ‘be told, in a nice way, where to go’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A nice moment in the Seanad on Wednesday when Senators congratulated their colleague Frankie Feighan on his marriage to Elaine in Roscommon on Saturda(...)

Peader Tóibín was previously suspended when he diverged from party opinion over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín faces suspension from the parliamentary party for the second time after he voted against abortion legislation currently bef(...)

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