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Senator Jerry Buttimer lost the Fine Gael party whip over his attendance at the golf society dinner in Clifden last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government needs to improve its communications on the vaccine rollout programme, the Fine Gael parliamentary party was told on Tuesday afternoon. (...)

Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne told Tipp FM this week that the party should stop apologising about the past while he also admitted that he has gone to the homes of members with whom he disagreed.

The Sinn Féin chair of the public petitions committee was forced to adjourn its first official meeting on Thursday after members called on him to expl(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin visited the Oliver Bond Street flats complex with a pep in his step. Photograph: Julian Behal

“Coronavirus carrier at EU trade council triggers top-level quarantines,” reported Politico Europe on Thursday. We knew that, because Tánaiste Leo Va(...)

Senator Joe O’Reilly told his colleagues that ‘over the years, the Seanad has been a catalyst for social change and new thinking’.

Fine Gael senator Joe O’Reilly is the new Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. He replaces party colleague Senator Jerry Buttimer, who resigned over hi(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen with former commissioner for trade Phil Hogan. Questions have been raised in Brussels about whether the Commission should have a better process for dealing with ethical infractions. File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The worst thing in politics now is to be too cute.The fallout of the Golfgate affair has revealed the importance of clear rules and a distinction betw(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has instructed the Government to suggest a man and a woman as candidates to replace former commissioner Phil Hogan. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/EPA

In all the commentary on the Oireachtas Golf Society (OGS) – or as I prefer to think of it, the Oh For God’s Sake (OFGS) dinner – it’s surprising that(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan is facing calls to resign over his attendance at a golf society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has been at the centre of a major political controversy, as one of several high-profile politicians who attended an Oireach(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Dara Calleary: former minister for agriculture Calleary appears to fail to grasp “clear and unambiguous” rules. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Is Ireland at risk of becoming an accidental Sweden? The restrictions introduced this week were not like the short, sharp shock of March – instead th(...)

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