Peter Mathews

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Wicklow Independent Stephen Donnelly challenged the Tánaiste on an ESRI report indicating that the poorest 10 per cent of people were being asked to give up the most. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore believes he knows the identity of Fianna Fáil’s next parliamentary recruit.Galway East Independent Colm Keaveney has already jo(...)

Colm Keaveney: Now firmly in residence on the Fianna Fáil benches. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Christmas has crept up on Leinster House. But it’s here now. Trees are twinkling inside the building and the official tree-lighting ceremon(...)

Peter Mathews: The former Fine Gael TD says he is “not fussy about the jersey I wear” when it comes to standing for the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is giving Dublin South Independent TD Peter Mathews one month to decide whether he wants to stand for the party in next year’s European el(...)

is the Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-North Leitrim Michael Colreavy: no posturing and no outbreaks of hyperbole when he speaks in the Dáil.

Michael Colreavy is the Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-North Leitrim. He is not a man given to histrionics in the Dáil chamber. There is no posturing, no outb(...)

What does the future hold? Deputy Lucinda Creighton and her husband, Senator Paul Bradford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former minister of state Lucinda Creighton and most of her Reform Alliance allies lost the Fine Gael whip during the summer when they voted against(...)

Peter Mathews:  annoyed Enda Kenny greatly last year by provoking a finance committee vote that the Government lost

Peter Mathews made a name for himself as a television commentator on the banking crisis, and was wooed by Fine Gael to run for the party in Dublin Sou(...)

Dublin South TD  Peter Mathews: resigning from Fine Gael. File Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dublin South TD Peter Mathews, who lost the party whip after voting against the abortion legislation, has resigned from Fine Gael. Mr Mathews, (...)

Michael McDowell: turned down the offer of a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Have you actually read the Bill to permanently abolish Seanad Éireann before voting on it? It isn’t a simple textual excision of one of the two Houses(...)

Gerry Adams: feeling a little queasy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some strange bedfellows are snuggling up under the political covers in Leinster House these days. When they awoke in the Dáil chamber yesterday aftern(...)

Michael McDowell: turned down the offer of a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

The debate on the future of the Seanad is a bit like the Seanad itself, a sideshow. No one seriously blames the Seanad for all that ails Irish politic(...)

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