Marcella Corcoran Kennedy. Offaly now has no elected female representatives at council level, though two of its three TDs are women: Offaly-North Tipperary’s TDs are Ms Corcoran Kennedy, Barry Cowen  and Carol Nolan

Offaly’s only female councillor was replaced by a man at a meeting of the county council on Monday. Cllr Tony McCormack was co-opted to replace Fian(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Minister Charlie Flanagan  said the Bill was ‘not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Controversial legislation on the sale of alcohol is “not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere,” Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has told the Sea(...)

Alcohol lobby fights back

Is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in thrall to the drinks industry or is he simply not prepared to confront vested interests? Varadkar has signalled that deba(...)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: The former minister of state said  she believed the drinks industry was attempting to unpick the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill “bit by bit”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Intensive drinks industry lobbying has been successful in delaying public health on alcohol, according to former minister of state for health Marcella(...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with new Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hasn’t it always been thus? The fresh-faced new leader poses with his hand-picked ensemble cast on the steps of Government Buildings. The brand new (...)

 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she said Mr Varadkar told her he wished he could retain her, but there were not enough jobs and he needed to make room for his supporters

The insistence of the Government spokesman that all Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s ministerial appointments were based on merit was “very offensive”, one of(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: completed review will be presented to the Oireachtas no later than September 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The list of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s junior ministerial appointments is disappointing on a number of fronts. Far from representing a new political bro(...)

Incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with   Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, who he has appointed Fine Gael deputy leader.   Photograph: Collins

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has been appointed deputy leader of Fine Gael. The move was announced at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary(...)