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Former senator Donie Cassidy was acquitted of charges relating to the organisation of the dinner in Clifden. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Oireachtas Golf Society is to reform this summer for the first time since a dinner held after one of its events sparked the so-called ‘golfgate’ c(...)

Labout party leader Ivana Bacik: ‘Over the coming weeks I will be travelling around a lot more.’  Photograph: Damien Storan/PA Wire

For a party that is almost 110-years-old, it is remarkable how often the narrative around the Labour Party’s fortunes have swung between either renais(...)

Newly confirmed leader of the Labour Party Ivana Bacik (centre) poses with members of the party at Ringsend Community Centre after running unopposed last week. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Ivana Bacik’s uncontested election as Labour Party leader, after the swift removal of Alan Kelly from the role, at least spares the party a long and f(...)

Mattie McGrath was among those who questioned the idea of Oireachtas politicians getting free antigen tests. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Antigen 4 All in the Dáil? Blindsided TDs couldn’t believe their ears. They’ve been getting it in the neck since Thursday from outraged constituents(...)

Mervyn Taylor with his wife, Marilyn Taylor, after she won the Bisto Book of the Year award 1999/2000 for her children’s book Faraway Home. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mervyn Taylor was a rarity in politics, a quiet man who avoided any hint of flamboyance yet made a substantial impact on the State he served during an(...)

Within two years of his election to the Dáil, Albert Reynolds was appointed to cabinet under Charles Haughey

Showman and dealmaker defied detractors when he brokered peace in North It was a Sunday sometime in the late 1960s. My father and I were trundli(...)

Then-taoiseach John Bruton at the United Nations General Assembly in June  1997. File photograph: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

John Bruton was “as good a taoiseach as we are likely to get”, according to a senior British civil servant in 1997. The former taoiseach was describe(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

“It’s like a triumvirate, in the Roman style,” says one Government staffer, half serious, half in jest, reflecting on the three-headed leadership of t(...)

President Michael D Higgins led the many tributes paid to the distinguished journalist and news editor Donal Musgrave:  “Recognised as a mentor to many in journalism, he will be remembered for a professionalism that included a kindness and a deep concern for the issues on which he reported,”

President Michael D Higgins led the many tributes paid to the distinguished journalist and news editor Donal Musgrave following his death on December (...)

Dara Calleary resigned as Minister for Agriculture on Friday morning following a political controversy over his attendance at a golfing event on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

A major political crisis has erupted over a dinner held by the Oireachtas Golf Society that has led to the resignations of the Minister for Agricultur(...)

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