Sean O Fearghail

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Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Feargháil and guest speaker  Alan Quinlan prior to the Oireachtas symposium on  mental health at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwells

Politicians are not immune from suffering mental health problems, and Government policy must be updated to tackle the issue, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

The Ceann Comhairle said a minority of members regularly make and receive calls in the chamber while the Dáil is in session. Photograph: Alan Betson

TDs are to be banned from taking and making phone calls in the Dáil chamber following an intervention by the Ceann Comhairle. The Dáil’s committee on(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen with wife Mary after he was  conferred with an honorary doctorate of law. Photograph: Alan Betson

This article comes with a health warning. It describes scenes involving Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and sundry members of the last Fianna Fáil governmen(...)

Ray MacSharry: he is requesting that his name be removed from the record of the House and be withdrawn from the transcription of Ms McDonald’s comments

Former tánaiste Ray MacSharry has asked the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges to remove references to him possessing an Ansbacher accou(...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl said  the consultation, aimed at producing high-level advice to the Committee on Procedures and Privileges ’will form the basis for making a decision to address the problems that we undoubtedly have’.

The Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil is to undertake a consultation to address problems with discipline in the House, he has confirmed. Seán Ó Fearghaíl (...)

Charlie Flanagan: “If Paul Murphy believes he has a legitimate avenue of complaint, the option is available to him to contact the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. He has not done that.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has strongly criticised the Solidarity TD Paul Murphy for alleging the Minister defamed him during a Dáil debate(...)

Paul Murphy during heated exchanges with  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  in the Dáil

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has written to the Ceann Comhairle accusing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of defaming him when he accused Murphy of thuggery during(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Solidarity TD Paul Murphy on Wednesday that he owed a public apology to former tánaiste Joan Burton, her adviser Kare(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance (now Solidarity) and People Before Profit TDs wearing “Repeal” sweaters in the Dáil. The Oireachtas Code of Parliamentary Standards already bans the wearing of emblems of a party-political nature

The Dáil body that deals with standards in the parliament has agreed new procedures preventing TDs from wearing clothing carrying political slogans in(...)

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