Joan Burton

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THE GREEN PARTY MAY BE ENTERING GOVERNMENT WITH TWO PARTNERS, WHO HAPPEN TO BE FIERCE POLITICAL RIVALS. THIS NOVEL PARTNERSHIP COULD TAKE SOME GETT(...)

 Alan Kelly: told his TD colleagues Labour’s post-election position of going into opposition should not change. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The turning point for Alan Kelly, and his colleagues’ perceptions of him, came at a meeting of the Labour parliamentary party in Drogheda in September(...)

Rose  Cottage:  it  was vacated in the last decade and has fallen into disrepair.  Photograph: James Forde

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has been given permission for extensive refurbishment of a historic house in the Phoenix Park after scrapping plans t(...)

Any Garda member caught not disclosing when they used the spray or failing to document their reasons for using such force can be investigated and disciplined under the new system. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí who use pepper spray on members of the public will have to record and account for each incident under strict new controls around the use of for(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (left) and Alan Kelly in the RDS, Dublin during the 2016 general election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Alan Kelly and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the two contenders in the Labour leadership contest, were both first elected to the Dáil as part of the so-called “G(...)

Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s newly elected TD for Roscommon-Galway, after she was elected:  The political adviser-turned-elected deputy is the youngest woman in the new Dáil.

“It’s official – there is no turning back now,” said Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s newly elected TD for Roscommon-Galway, after she signed the roll(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was one of several high-profile and hard-working women politicians from across the political spectrum who lost their seats. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

A disappointing feature of the general election was that the number of women elected to the 33rd Dáil increased by just one. In all 36 women were elec(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly, elected  in the Wicklow Count Centre, Greystones.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Counts have concluded in 39 general election constituencies, narrowly making Fianna Fáil  the largest party in the 33rd Dáil. Micheál Marti(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  speaking to the media at the election count in Phibblestown Community Centre yesterday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The results of this earthquake general election will continue to unfold but it is already clear that the landscape on which our politics happens has b(...)

 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin with candidate Ged Nash: There might have been a view that the party’s leading personalities had been around for a long time and it needed an injection of youth. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Politics is a brutal business and the fate of the Labour Party is proof of that. In 2011, the party returned 37 seats and most constituencies in Dubl(...)

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