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 (...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: party has announced its new-look front bench.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has denied his party has done a deal with Fianna Fáil to ensure the Government is defeated on certain Dáil motions. Mr (...)

Waterford’s Ken McGrath gets away from Cork’s Seán Óg Ó hAilpín during the 1998 National Hurling League final which Cork won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Precedent will have some encouragement for whoever is unsuccessful in Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League final replay in Thurles. In the 1990s when both (...)

A total of 27 Portuguese workers who worked in Ireland on a road project must be paid some €418,000 within a month, it has been  ruled.  File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 27 Portuguese workers who worked in Ireland on a road project must be paid some €418,000 within a month as a condition of a stay, pending a(...)

Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Defeated Labour Wicklow TD Anne Ferris felt a deep sadness when she recently closed her constituency office in Bray. “We were still getting telephone(...)

Pat Breen and Joe Carey of Fine Gael; Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fáil and Michael McNamara of Labour.

Fine Gael retained its two seats in the Clare constituency despite securing only about 26 per cent of the first preference vote. Pat Breen and Joe Ca(...)

Senator Averil Power favours strong colours on the plinth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Appearances matter; and at certain times they matter more. With an election coming up, clothes can be a silent yet powerful visual language, a w(...)

Tweeted by the AAA’s Paul Murphy, he  scored a more palpable hit  with this  picture of Enda and Joan as guitar-wielding members of Status Quo.

BAND ON THE RUN Nice to see some maturity at last in the electoral debate as it enters its final week. “The Labour Party so out of touch they don’t ev(...)

This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

Joan Burton in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. The general election is just weeks away and Government TDs could be expected to be fretting over whether the tardiness of the Coalition response will cost them votes. But not many are. Photo: RollingNews.ie

One of the arguments made by proponents of a November election was that unexpected events in the depths of winter could knock the Government off cours(...)

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