Sean O Fearghail

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Discussions are under way about the possibility of party whips ensuring that only a representative number of TDs need to be in the chamber at the time of any votes on the legislation to avoid members sitting too close to each other. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil and Seanad will sit next week to pass emergency social protection legislation to assist private sector workers affected by coronavirus. Tána(...)

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(...)

Speaking before the Dáil met on Thursday, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin announced that he would ask Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar in the coming days to engage in talks on government formation. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

As expected, the first meeting of the 33rd Dáil managed to elect a ceann comhairle but not a taoiseach. The same scenario first played out in 1989, an(...)

Members of the Healy-Rae family perform outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Outside Leinster House it was like the prelude to a boyband concert. A high-spirited crowd, dressed to the nines and giddy with excitement, held homem(...)

Re-elected Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  during the first sitting of the 33rd Dáil in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl is to write to the speakers of the Northern Assembly and the House of Commons for an urgent meeting about strengtheni(...)

Newly re-elected Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl in the Dáil on Thursday. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Seán Ó Fearghaíl is a former Fianna Fáil chief whip who served as the ceann comhairle in the last Dáil. He was the first person to be elected as ceann(...)

 Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald and Eamon Ryan are all expected to put their names forward for Taoiseach when the new Dáil meets for the first time on Thursday. File photograph: Alan Betson

A deal that would lead to a new government being formed may not be finalised until April, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told his TDs and Senat(...)

Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy’s potential move  indicates that the party, who now have six TDs, are likely to remain in Opposition. Photograph: Collins

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphyis considering standing for the post of Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil as party sources said they are unlikely(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin (centre) is pictured  with senators  Ivana Bacik and Kevin Humphreys as the party’s executive board  met to set the rules for the contest to decide who will succeed him. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times.

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has said he will not put himself forward as a candidate to replace outgoing Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil, Seán Ó Fea(...)

Micheál Martin at the   count for  Cork South-Central. One long-serving TD said Martin was likely to know his position was under pressure. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

As a poor election got substantially worse for Fianna Fáil on the second day of counting, the mood within the party darkened. TDs emerged from count (...)

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