Niamh Smyth

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Instagram: photographs posted by Michael Healy-Rae, Leo Varadkar (with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry), Niamh Smyth and Simon Harris

Instagram is now the platform of choice for politicians who want to present voters with a more rounded image of themselves, knocking Twitter out of it(...)

Mick Wallace: The TD’s new clothes

The Ceann Comhairle, brave man, hosted members of the Leinster House press gallery to dinner in the Members’ Restaurant on Thursday night to mark 100 (...)

A file photograph of the Abbey Theatre and Peacock Theatre on Abbey Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has not ruled out direct intervention in the dispute between the Abbey theatre and more than 300 artists over the(...)

Magdalena Kozená

This year has been rich in turning points. There was the launch of Irish National Opera in January. March brought the news that David Agler, artistic (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands: ‘I’m not proposing to go to the Phoenix Park next week or the week after and have an election before the budget, not at all.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not intend to call an election despite Fianna Fáil’s rejection of his request for early negotiations on an ext(...)

A total  151 applications for loans under the Brexit loan scheme have been made to date.

Just 10 loans totalling a combined €2.5 million have been provided to Irish companies under the Government’s €300 million Brexit loan scheme so far, n(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan acknowledged  there had been a catalogue of failures including the failure to act to implement the sanctions for breach of bail. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has not ruled out a commission of investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of a cyclist in 2011, knocked down by a (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth said it was “quite insulting being asked for a sick cert, not acknowledging a basic human right of having a baby”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pregnant members of the Oireachtas have to provide a “sick cert” to get time off to have their baby, the Dáil has heard. Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth s(...)

Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath, participated in a photocall in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Tuesday afternoon urging voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

More than half the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has united to call for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Thirty-one(...)

 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: phone call between Eoghan Ó Neachtain and Mr Naughten on the proposed Celtic Media takeover by INM was not registered.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former government press secretary Eoghan Ó Neachtain has registered 10 separate returns of lobbying activity over the past two years, including two me(...)

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