Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If you Google “shaky start” and “Irish politics”, the inevitable dates crop up: 1997; 2011; 2017; and 2020. What unites them is this: new governments (...)

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(...)

In 2014 the man’s  most recent application was refused by then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald on the basis of “national security”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Supreme Court is to hear the case of an Iranian man living in Ireland for nearly 30 years, who has been denied citizenship based on “secret eviden(...)

A vigil outside the Dáil on Friday for Dara Quigley. Pictured is her friend Dolly Murphy with her painted impression of Dara. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner has said it is examining the leaking of Garda footage of the late journalist and blogger Dara Quigley. (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

On today’s Inside Politics podcast: Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is under pressure again, and with her the Government Ministers who keep havi(...)

Delegates at the opening session of the GRA’s 39th annual conference, in Co Galway. Photograph: Conor   Ó Mearain

Rank and file gardaí want specialist anti-terror training several times per year because they will be the first to the scene of any terrorist incident(...)

Stephen Manning has taken actions against gardaí, court staff and judges.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Stephen Manning was sentenced to two months in jail last week. However, he was not in Castlebar District Court to hear the judge’s ruling on a charge(...)

 Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A call for a commission of inquiry into forced adoptions has been strongly supported by the Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors (CMABS). The(...)

 The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar with moderator Ita Mangan at the nationwid launch of the Abhaile advice service for distressed mortgage holders. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

What is Abhaile? It is the latest Government plan to tackle the problem of mortgage arrears. This new national service “marks a departure in State a(...)

Armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in Dublin after the recent gangland murders. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Members of the Garda’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) deployed to the Border after the killing last year of Garda Tony Golden in Co Louth have been tra(...)

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