Jim O Callaghan

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Micheál Martin began probing this with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during Leader’s Questions on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

While Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will meet on Monday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a general election, it i(...)

Leinster House. The politics of pragmatism requires a clear-headed view of priorities. In recent days the priorities on view have been partisan advantage, ego and bloody-mindedness

The collapse of the confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil – and the sudden prospect of a general election – represents a c(...)

 Sgt Maurice McCabe: Frances Fitzgerald would have been within her rights to instruct her legal team to tell the commission she did not agree with the style of questioning directed against him, legal sources say. Photograph: Collins

The Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, could have “lifted the phone” and questioned the Garda Commissioner about instructions given to the Garda’s O’Higgin(...)

Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil had signalled to him  on Tuesday that the email to Fitzgerald represented a very big problem. Photograph: Getty Images

The week in politics has its own rhythm. Monday is quiet, Tuesday and Wednesday are long busy days, and things calm down on Thursday as Dáil business (...)

Simon Harris insisted it was not the role of the Dáil to hold a “parallel process” or conduct its own “kangaroo court”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ministers rallied around Frances Fitzgerald on Thursday as the Opposition parties moved to remove the Tánaiste from her position. Ms Fitzgerald has f(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald along with the Cabinet. Photograph: Maxwell

When you’re pleading that it’s a matter for the tribunal, you’re at the last redoubt of your defences. All Thursday afternoon colleagues and support(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil on Thursday.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald passionately defended her response to a campaign to discredit a Garda whistleblower as Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou Mc(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan: “Imposing a monitoring system on people who continuously commit offences can be a method of sentencing,” he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Criminals convicted of serious offences should not be granted bail unless they agree to be electronically monitored, Fianna Fáil has said. The Dáil w(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: said the Bill conflicts with the work of the Commission on the Future of Policing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is to reject proposals to give the Policing Authority the power to sack individual gardaí and have greater oversight of the Garda Commi(...)

Gardaí inspect vehicles at a checkpoint. Government Ministers insisted disciplinary action would be taken against individual gardaí if evidence of wrongdoing had occurred. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin must move to ensure “individual accountability” follows the Garda breath-te(...)

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