Constance Cassidy, centre, with a group of current and former female government ministers who gathered at Lissadell House in Sligo in July 2018, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the death of Countess Markievicz. Photograph: James Connolly

Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan and Heather Humphreys are members of the exclusive club of 19 women who have served as senior Government Ministers (...)

Rising Social Democrats star Sinéad Gibney with comedian Des Bishop and Catherine Murphy TD.

During Thursday’s statements on the referendum result, Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell, who played a very active role in the campaign, referred to comments(...)

Alcohol lobby fights back

Is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in thrall to the drinks industry or is he simply not prepared to confront vested interests? Varadkar has signalled that deba(...)

What is Stephen Donnelly up to? He was the driving force behind setting up the new party. He benefited the most - not least from the high profile opportunity of participating in a leaders debate during the election campaign . Picture: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

The Social Democrats had too little time, too little money and too few candidates of calibre to make a definitive break through in last February’s ele(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny gets the Gerry Adams longevity award for hangin’ in for a second term, though he looks like he’s feeling the pressure here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Best Minister After the Dáil was dissolved on February 3rd, we had to wait until May 18th for its first full working day. That doesn’t give much time (...)

Prince of Labour  Brendan Howlin: If it wasn’t for Michael D  he’d have  the poshest speaking voice in Labour. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There was a full house in the old library for Howlin’s soliloquy. “Labour doesn’t involve itself in theatrics,” declaimed the Prince of Labour after a(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

Everywhere that Fianna Fáil won seats there was talk of constituency work, the repeated mantra that forgets that a general election is a national one. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Is your head still spinning? Are you still wondering where we stand? The electorate clicked its heels and didn’t just end up in a tornado but created (...)

Alcohol Bill: Not a full measure

Postponing tricky decisions has been elevated into an art form by this Government. The latest manifestation of this ‘lord make me pure, but not yet’ a(...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

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