Article 17.2 of the Constitution provides that the Dáil shall not appropriate public money for any purpose unless the Government has first recommended that purpose to the Dáil by a Money Message signed by the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s plan to get the Dáil to sit for an extra week in July to deal exclusively with legislation, is seen as a serious move on the (...)

Party political conditions have driven reform and potentially  overextended the Dáil’s reach in doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Apart from the attempts to strengthen Oireachtas inquiries in 2011 and to introduce a unicameral system in 2013, the political establishment has cons(...)

Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin in the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock: original plan was to open up to 30 pubs in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some of the agonised revisionism and counter-revisionism over the last week about the 1916 Easter Rising and British rule were almost enough to drive(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Government of ignoring the constitutional convention’s recommendations and reports, saying “No one signed up to this process to be ignored, sidelined, second-guessed or patronised.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil will vote next week on the proposal to elect the ceann comhairle by secret ballot. The ceann comhairle, who presides over Dáil proceedings(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett during an interview by Deaglan De Breadun in his office in Leinster House. Photograph: Frank Miller

While he is currently engaged in a row with Sinn Féin, there are few in the 31st Dáil who have been spared the sharp tongue and sometimes short temper(...)

A screengrab of the RTÉ Prime Tim debate on the future of the Seanad. (Left to right) Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, moderator Miriam O’Callaghan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

The abolition of the Seanad would improve the Irish political system as it would shift the full focus of politics to a chamber elected by all the citi(...)

“Dublin will remain a three-seater in the new dispensation, comprising the local administrative areas of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin and the city of Dublin.”

A radical recasting of European Parliament constituencies will be made in advance of next year’s election after a report from an independent Constitue(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said material is being leaked to the media to blacken his name. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said material is being leaked to the media to blacken his name in the ongoing controversy over the appointment of a n(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has claimed that media leaks about his involvement in the appointment of a new Dail Clerk represent an attempt to blacken his name. Screengrab: Dáil

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has claimed that media leaks about his involvement in the appointment of a new Dáil Clerk represent an attempt to blacken(...)

Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

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