Our Politician of the Year is Sinn Féin’s deputy leader in the Dáil, Pearse Doherty,  whose work in taking on the insurance industry and keeping a spotlight on its practices has been a rare highlight.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s been a lacklustre year in Leinster House, with Brexit- and Boris-related events in the UK sucking the life and colour out of the political landsc(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has given Taoiseach Leo Varadkar a clear route to a general election after Easter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has given Leo Varadkar a clear route to a general election after Easter. The big question is whether the Taoiseach w(...)

Presidential candidate Peter Casey, “a man who had no problem kicking an already despised minority in Irish society”.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Before the elites write off those who voted for Peter Casey as a basket of deplorables, they might consider what part they have played themselves in c(...)

Justice swamp: former minister Frances Fitzgerald with former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The political landscape is a wondrous thing. We’d be lost without it. The political landscape is imaginary, yet it is mapped and remapped, forever exp(...)

Michael D Higgins: If the President was to decline a request for an election, the Taoiseach would be forced to resign.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Politicians in Leinster House are already playing the blame game for an unwanted election, but all sides might be well advised to take a deep breath, (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. It is understood that the package of policy measures will include the review of the Government’s housing plan, Rebuilding Ireland. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Government is promising a package of measures in the coming weeks as it seeks to intensify its efforts to deal with the housing crisis. However,(...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)