Green Party TD Ossian Smyth: “It’s a long time since I could have got something from a hairdresser.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talk about making a meal out of reopening the country. “Cottage pie doesn’t protect you from the coronavirus,” Minister for Health Simon Harris told (...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said there had to be ‘sound, logical, expert reasoning’ around the  re-opening of pubs. Photograph: iStock

Eating chicken korma or cottage pie does not give protection against Covid-19, the Dáil was told as the basis of draft guidelines on allowing pubs tha(...)

 Katherine Zappone: Many TDs thanked her for her work during her term of office

“Aah, sod this for a game of soldiers. The sun is shining and there’s a cold drink waitin’ with my name on it. I’m outta here!” And with a devil-may-(...)

Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appointed Minister of State Sean Kyne to the Seanad to fill the vacancy left by Frankie Feighan who was elected to the Dáil(...)

Fine Gael’s Frank Feighan: he was elected as a TD for Sligo-Leitrim in the  general election

A new Fine Gael Senator is expected to be appointed by the Taoiseach for the few weeks the current Seanad remains in place as it will benefit the part(...)

Then Senator Frank Feighan (left) and Richard Bruton TD attend a British Irish Parliamentary Assembly  meeting in Wicklow last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Eight or nine years ago he felt his political career was over. But on Thursday Frankie Feighan will return to the Dáil having successfully won a seat (...)

Dara Murphy registered his presence in Leinster House on 42 of the 104 sitting days in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interesting figure from the Dara Murphy fob-a-job abomination – while the bulk of his appearances in Leinster House occurred when the Dáil wasn’t in s(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin said if his colleagues  believed in equality ‘then it would be deeply hypocritical’ to attend the US ambassador’s July 4th reception. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Labour Senator was accused of being very divisive over his call for politicians to boycott the US embassy’s Independence Day reception on July 4th o(...)

A supporter of Colombia reacts after the penalty shootout of the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16  match against England in Moscow. Sinn Féin TDs and Senators were supporting the South American side in the Dáil bar this week

The Oireachtas Members’ Bar was jammed on Tuesday night as TDs and Senators watched the World Cup clash between England and Colombia. Afterwards, Gove(...)

 The Bill would introduce an automatic three-month driving ban on all motorists found under the influence of alcohol. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to give Fine Gael TDs a free vote on new legislation to automatically put drink-drivers off the road. The decision will(...)

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