Michael Harty

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  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and First Minister Arlene Foster: Mr Kenny told leaders he has instructed Ministers and senior officials to increase the number of trade missions to European countries. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

An all-island forum to respond to Brexit – dismissed out of hand by the North’s First Minister Arlene Foster – could yet proceed, the Taoiseach told (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming is to replace his party colleague John McGuinness as chair of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming is to replace his party colleague John McGuinness as chair of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee. Mr Fleming was infor(...)

 Michael and Danny Healy Rae:   on the European affairs Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael will chair seven of the Oireachtas committees while Fianna Fáil secured six under the D’Hondt system. Sinn Féin secured the justice, Belfast(...)

Roísín Shortall: said the essential problem with the Irish health service was the absence of an overall coherent plan

Social Democrat TD Róisín Shortall has called for all-party agreement on a long-term plan for health services along the lines of the British national(...)

 John Paul Phelan: the election of the chair will be the first to use the D’Hondt system, which allots chairs of committees in proportion to the size of the party or grouping. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kilkenny Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan is tipped to be appointed chairman of the powerful new Dáil budgetary committee when it meets for first time to(...)

Independents4Change is  made up of Clare Daly and  Mick Wallace (above), with  Tommy Broughan and Joan Collins. It  will align with Donegal TD Thomas Pringle and Galway West TD Catherine Connolly. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons.

At least three new technical groups will be formed for the Dáil term. A group of rural TDs will band together, while the Social Democrats and the Gr(...)

One Fine Gael source said there may be a difference on what John Halligan believes he got for his Waterford constituency and what the party sees as its commitment to him. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Opposition deputy was surprised to see a number of missed calls and text messages on his phone from a Government TD. The Government TD, from the(...)

The court heard that because Michael Harty was unconscious after the crash gardaí  sought to obtain a blood alcohol level report from the treating doctor at University Hospital Limerick (pictured). Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A dangerous driver’s constitutional right to privacy over a report into his blood-alcohol levels was “defeated by the overriding public interest” to i(...)

The 32nd Dáil will be very different from the last. The working model where government proposes and parliament disposes is gone. Photograph: Michael Quinn

The Dáil broke new ground on Friday with the appointment of a Fine Gael-led minority Government, but the often chaotic scenes surrounding its creation(...)

Micheal Fitzmaurice speaks on his mobile phone at Lenister House on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The  Irish Times.

It was, as the Duke of Wellington reflected after his victory at the Battle of Waterloo, a damn close run thing. The Iron Duke’s Dublin residence sta(...)

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