Pat Breen and Joe Carey of Fine Gael; Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fáil and Michael McNamara of Labour.

Fine Gael retained its two seats in the Clare constituency despite securing only about 26 per cent of the first preference vote. Pat Breen and Joe Ca(...)

Senator Averil Power favours strong colours on the plinth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Appearances matter; and at certain times they matter more. With an election coming up, clothes can be a silent yet powerful visual language, a w(...)

Tweeted by the AAA’s Paul Murphy, he  scored a more palpable hit  with this  picture of Enda and Joan as guitar-wielding members of Status Quo.

BAND ON THE RUN Nice to see some maturity at last in the electoral debate as it enters its final week. “The Labour Party so out of touch they don’t ev(...)

This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

Joan Burton in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. The general election is just weeks away and Government TDs could be expected to be fretting over whether the tardiness of the Coalition response will cost them votes. But not many are. Photo: RollingNews.ie

One of the arguments made by proponents of a November election was that unexpected events in the depths of winter could knock the Government off cours(...)

Michael McNamara. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow the President will convene the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill. The Dáil considered only 16 of the Bill’s 81 s(...)

Labour Party TD Michael McNamara. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government was forced to vote for the expulsion of one of its backbenchers following a heated Dáil row. Labour TD Michael McNamara refused to res(...)

Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan: Labour needs ‘real numbers’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A group of Labour TDs, including a Minister of State, has said the party should not re-enter a coalition with Fine Gael after the election if it does (...)

Clare deputy Michael McNamara said Government TDs, including those sitting on the banking inquiry, had voted in the Dáil not to allow the burning of senior bondholders. “We might not have liked it, but we did it,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Labour TD has accused members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry of “utter hypocrisy” over their recommendation that legal action should be taken aga(...)

More than 600 residents of the 298 apartments at Longboat Quay are affected by fire safety notices which empower Dublin Fire Brigade to evacuate the complex should it consider such a step necessary. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Longboat Quay Management Company has initiated legal proceedings over liability for funding fire safety works costing of some €3.5 million at the (...)

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