Labour  leader Alan Kelly at Leinster House on Thursday. ‘With each Dáil sitting and more unanswered questions, the colour-coded  Kelly alert level has been climbing.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Everybody stand back – Kelly’s gonna blow! The Labour leader had been rumbling on the floor of the Dáil for nearly a month. Every week, getting more (...)

The 19-member Dáil Covid-19 committee met for the first time on Tuesday and elected Independent Clare TD Michael McNamara as chairman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The establishment of the Dáil Covid-19 committee is an important development in democratic accountability given the political vacuum that has left the(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been  clear that a third party is needed, not just Independents, to form a new government. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It has almost become a ritual at this stage: a dull paragraph landing in inboxes midweek to report the latest turn of the wheel in the slow bicycle ra(...)

Michael Lowry: “If anyone steps into government, they are stepping in knowing difficult decisions will have to be made.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Regional Independent Group comprising nine non-aligned TDs has emerged as the most likely target for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as partners in coal(...)

Michael McNamara: Former Labour TD returns to the Dáil as an Independent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Labour TD Michael McNamara recaptured the seat he lost in Clare in 2016 – but this time as an Independent. In 2011, the Scarriff native became(...)

Previous Fianna Fáil poll topper in Clare, Timmy Dooley loses seat.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Sinn Féin performance that blew across the country claimed two high profile electoral casualties in Clare. Former Fine Gael junior minister, Pat (...)

Homes in Co Clare have received pleas in the post to vote for Fianna Fáil’s councillor James Collins – who is standing in Limerick

Fianna Fáil is backing the M20 motorway link-up between Cork and Limerick, but is it working on even closer ties between the two cities? Leaflets ask(...)

Last time around Pat Breen (above) was well ahead of his colleague Joe Carey but clever vote management between the two meant the party got two seats despite Fianna Fáil having a higher percentage of the vote. File photograph: Tom Honan

Clare (four seats) Current: 2 FG, 1 FF, 1 Ind The decision by Clare Independent TD Dr Michael Harty to stand down after one term in the Dáil creates(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and junior minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at the Magazine Fort in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kevin “Boxer” Moran has said he will run as an Independent candidate in the imminent general el(...)

The State must pay out €30,000 compensation arising from a drugs search carried out by a Garda on a then 13-year-old boy nine years ago. At Ennis Cir(...)

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