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Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

Reform Alliance members photographed outside Buswells Hotel.  [from left] Billy Timmons, Paul Bradford, Peter Matthews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

The 14 non-aligned TDs in the Dáil are to be allowed speaking rights for the first time in a significant shake-up of House rules and procedures.The de(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald: “I think the real issues are about what is facing this country: getting our economy in track and job creation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are not interested in the internal machinations of Fine Gael and what people were saying in interviews, Minister for Children and Youth Affai(...)

The Reform Alliance photographed outside Buswells Hotel this afternoon. From left: Billy Timmons, Paul Bradford, Peter Matthews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Seven TDs and senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party have held their first day of formal discussions on a collective approach in the(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People will be persuaded to vote for the Seanad’s abolition as they learn more about the Upper House, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Mr Br(...)

Peter Mathew: has indicated his willingness to be involved in the group. Photograph: David Sleator

The group of Fine Gael TDs and Senators expelled from the parliamentary party met yesterday for the second time to discuss how they can co-ordinate as(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes: “These are not the last days of the Weimar Republic, as some would have us believe.”

One last push . . . and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed. The result was never in doubt. The handful of Senators who spent hou(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)

Crowds of protesters on both sides of the issue outside Leinster House on Wednesday night: “it is far to complex an issue for grandstanding”. Photograph: PA

I sympathise with the tongue-tied Dáil Deputies repeating “fatal foetal abnormality” at 3am in the morning. “Lethal chromosomal anomalies incompatible(...)

Minister of State Lucinda Creighton: ‘I cannot support a clause which is essentially built on sand.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister of State Lucinda Creighton made clear her opposition to the section on suicide in the abortion legislation when she told the Dáil: “I cannot (...)

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