Liam Weeks

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Sinn Féin leaders  1919. Thirty-six elected members were in jail. P Maloney on left in second row. Photograph: Hulton Archive

PJ Moloney (1871-1947), my great-grandfather, was elected for Tipperary South in the UK general election that took place just weeks following the end (...)

Leo Varadkar: the new Fine Gael leader may be  more subtle than Charles Haughey in his negotiations with Independents, but he will have to engage with them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘You know what I want. Now, what do you want?” Such was how Charles Haughey greeted Tony Gregory in 1982 in a bid to secure the Independent TD’s vote (...)

Enda Kenny: Three crucial areas could decide this Government’s fate: not housing, health and water, but the role of the Dáil, transparency and accountability and Independent Ministers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some fuss has been made of Enda Kenny’s status as the first Fine Gael leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach. This detracts slightly from the legacy of (...)

Members of the Independent Alliance at Buswells Hotel yesterday: Shane Ross, Deirdre O’Donovan, Paul Gogarty, Tony Murphy, John Halligan, Marie Casserly, Feargal Quinn and Finian McGrath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Leading members of the Independent Alliance held a press conference in Dublin yesterday morning and loudly insisted that they are not unstable. They (...)

Finian McGrath TD says that the major political parties needed to ‘get over themselves’ and ‘respect the mandate of the people in all elections’. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The main political parties are suffering from “intellectual and political snobbery” in its refusal to talk to Independents, says Independent Alliance (...)

Jackue Healy-Rae. Independents  have provided almost 100 per cent support for minority governments, with dissident party backbenchers instead being the main source of instability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Opinion polls suggest Independents will win record levels of support in the forthcoming election. With those polls indicating no clear winner, Indepe(...)

‘While support for Fine Gael and Labour may well increase in the run-up to the next election, an economic recovery is unlikely to restore matters to the status quo.’ Above, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at a press conference to mark the Government’s fourth year in office. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

While economic turmoil appears to have abated in Ireland, the political turmoil that usually accompanies this may be about to begin. Economic c(...)

Crowds react on hearing the results of the referendum on marriage equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Friday week, apparently, was a great day for Irish democracy. This is debatable. It was yet another example of basic human rights being decided b(...)