Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan in 2013: Howlin is “a politician of government, not one of opposition”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strange times indeed. Stephen Donnelly has shimmied across the Opposition benches to Fianna Fáil. Mary Lou McDonald is making eyes at Fianna Fáil and (...)

Mairead McGuinness who was recently appointed leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Sitting Fine Gael MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins will be the party’s European election candidates for the new Midlands-North-West constituenc(...)

 Michael D Higgins: former chairman of the party.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TDs and Senators can no longer serve as chairperson or vice-chair of the Labour party, conference decided in a move described as “sectarian”.Delegates(...)