Hand-sanitising gel. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

First commandment for TDs: Mind thine own seat. It is the guiding principle upon which they all agree. A sacred rule of political life they dare not (...)

Michael Collins TD, a fan of carrying  the clear plastic visor, pictured during outside Leinster House on Tuesday with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Under the circumstances, Mary Lou McDonald was probably the right person in the right place when two aerosols from Kerry began discharging indiscrimin(...)

Knees up: Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson gets a friendly knee from Labour’s Alan Kelly  on the Plinth on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the middle of a national health crisis no less, a senior politician currently contesting his party’s leadership was clearly observed doing the Huck(...)

Labour Party’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Ivana Bacik and Ged Nash: Mr Nash has just completed his second course of antibiotics having been laid low by the flu. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

With the big guns still slugging it out over who will win the dubious right to attempt to govern, the smaller parties returned yesterday to their plac(...)

From left to right in the back is Emily Evans (11), Ali Mooney (12), Crystabele Adenuyi (11), Kayden Spooner (11) while in the front row from left is Emmie Keating (11), Giorgi Khachirashvili (11) and Denisa Baci (10) from St Audoen’s Primary School. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Seven political party leaders squawked, harranged and interrupted their way through what passed for an election debate earlier this week. Many were (...)

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 (...)

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