Boastful: Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When they weren’t loudly complaining about the Coalition’s latest Covid-19 communications cock-ups while pinning most of the blame on the Fianna Fáil (...)

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle: ‘People always ask me when I do Leader’s Questions: what do I think of the responses? And I say I never listen to the responses because they mean nothing.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The next time Thomas Pringle gets his turn at Leaders’ Questions, the best thing Micheál Martin can do is respond with a nice chorus of De Banks, or b(...)

 Stephen Donnelly:  in August  he takes bronze in the trampoline at the  Olympics in Japan

Time to take our crystal bauble down from the soon-to-be-mulched tree and take a sneak preview at what lies ahead in 2021. JANUARY – It quickly becom(...)

Michael Collins TD, a fan of carrying  the clear plastic visor, pictured during outside Leinster House on Tuesday with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Under the circumstances, Mary Lou McDonald was probably the right person in the right place when two aerosols from Kerry began discharging indiscrimin(...)

As yet another crisis broke over their drooping heads, an emergency helpline was put in place for the frightened and the bewildered who are now at bre(...)

 Dublin’s  O’Connell Street on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Tom Honan

Is it just me or is it very hot in here? Might just take a little lie down. Perhaps it was unwise to discontinue self-isolating after visiting the (...)

Our Politician of the Year is Sinn Féin’s deputy leader in the Dáil, Pearse Doherty,  whose work in taking on the insurance industry and keeping a spotlight on its practices has been a rare highlight.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s been a lacklustre year in Leinster House, with Brexit- and Boris-related events in the UK sucking the life and colour out of the political landsc(...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney  arrives at Leinster House with representatives of the Football Association of Ireland . Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

For his own sake, it was just as well that John Delaney is such a shrinking violet. On Wednesday, the celebrity administrator bravely endured in sile(...)

Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

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