Micheal Martin

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Sinead McSweeney and her son Séamus follow the remains of  husband and father Noel Whelan at the Church of the Holy Name in Ranelagh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Political commentator and barrister Noel Whelan was a “force in the world” who “never wasted a day”, his funeral Mass has heard. Sinéad McSweeney des(...)

The antics of the elusive Dáil rodent have been well-chronicled.

Imagine the scene. Micheál Martin sitting down in the members’ bar having a cup of tea with a party colleague when a dirty great rat scuttles across (...)

Fine Gael under Leo Varadkar did well in the European elections but had a disappointing performance in the locals. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil has adjourned for the summer recess but Brexit, the issue which dominated all others during the past session, will continue to be the overrid(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Good morning, We bring you some very sad news this morning. Noel Whelan, our political columnist, barrister, author and well-known political analyst,(...)

Minster of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he has “absolute, total and full confidence” in Minster of State for Defence Paul Kehoe in the ongoing contro(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arriving last week at the Church-State dialogue plenary meeting  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has formally corrected the Dáil record by withdrawing a remark he made comparing Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to a “secret(...)

This is not the actual rat seen in the Dáil bar.

The Oireachtas members’ bar and the visitors’ bar have both been closed for the day after a large rat was seen on the premises. The rat was spotted b(...)

Louise O’Keeffe pictured after a Supreme Court hearing in 2009. Photo Garrett White / Collins Court

An apology from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “means nothing” if the State is going to continue to “split hairs” in its treatment of people who were sexually(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  accepted people like Louise O’Keeffe were failed a number of times. Photograph: PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has apologised on behalf of the State to people who were sexually abused in day schools and for the delay afterwards in acknowl(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was scheduled to meet church leaders the day after comparing Micheál Martin to a “secretly sinning priest”. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/ARP/Getty Images

Fortunately for Leo Varadkar, the timing of his latest faux pas was not quite as ominous as it might have been for former taoisigh. As a thing to be f(...)

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