The antics of the elusive Dáil rodent have been well-chronicled.

Imagine the scene. Micheál Martin sitting down in the members’ bar having a cup of tea with a party colleague when a dirty great rat scuttles across (...)

Legislation proposes to increase the maximum win from 50 cent to €750. Photograph: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

It is as predictable as it is bizarre. In a country where large numbers of adults gamble, the very mention of it in our legislature draws warnings of (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill would be delayed at least into the autumn. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Controversial legislation on judicial appointments finally moved on to the next stage after a marathon debate of more than 100 hours came to an unexpe(...)

Reforms could lead to a 300-fold increase in the maximum stake allowed for slot machines. File photograph: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

Reforms of a 50-year-old gaming Bill currently before the Oireachtas could lead to a 300-fold increase in the maximum stake allowed for slot machines.(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Michael Holohan from the Forget-Me-Nots choir who was at  Áras an Uachtaráin in 1939 as a six-year-old boy.

A small boy, who attended the first garden party held in Áras an Uachtaráin by Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, has, 80 years later, returned (...)

Local election candidate Samantha Long canvasses with Senators Victor Boyhan (left) and Michael McDowell in Dartry, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

“Let’s be honest,” says Padraig Hartigan, as he gestures towards his well-to-do neighbourhood of St Kevin’s Park in Darty, Dublin 6. “What issues do w(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the GPO in Dublin to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins led a commemoration marking the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Sun(...)

Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, which has been passed by the Dáil, restores access for Northern Ireland commercial fishing boats to Irish inshore waters, from zero to six miles offshore. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has appealed to Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to support legislation to end the “sea border” in the six mile (9.6 km) fishery zone (...)

‘You can bet the house’ that Peter Casey, pictured, will run for the European Parliament, and the Dáil, according to his friend Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photo Nick Bradshaw

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Peter Casey, the initial no-hoper who confounded commentators and critics by coming a strong second to Michael D Higgi(...)

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