Sean Barrett

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Seán Barrett: “You are representing your country as speaker of the House and there is a great deal of patriotism there.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As history was made yesterday with the election of ceann comhairle by secret ballot, Seán Barrett quietly took his seat on the Fine Gael backbenches. (...)

Gino Kenny TD of AAA-PBP and his mother Marie arrive for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For all the good wishes, optimism and smiles, a strange undercurrent of uncertainty made for an edgy first day in the 32nd Dáil. Perhaps, for the ne(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl (top, centre) at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil on March 10th. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl was elected as Ceann Comhairle yesterday, becoming the first chair to be chosen by secret ballot. Mr Ó Fearghaíl cont(...)

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle (left) and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan (right) are to consult  supporters before making their decisions known on Tuesday on whether to run for  Ceann Comhairle. Photographs: Dave Meehan/Gareth Chaney

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan are both poised to run for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr Doyle and Ms O’Sulliva(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail is the party’s candidate for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr O’Fearghail was chosen at a parliamentary party mee(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett

Elected Ceann Comhairle of the 31st Dáil unopposed on March 9th, 2011, Seán Barrett is automatically returned to the Dáil as he is seeking another ter(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

There are question marks over how the Houses of the Oireachtas Service has handled the allegations about the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson Banking inquiry: The most useful recommendations from the committee might actually relate to how in future such inquiries should operate.

On September 10th last, the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry began with a statement by its chairman, Ciarán Lynch. He (...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Ruane Student and equality activism Ruane rose to prominence when she was elected president of Trinity College Students Union in February 2015. (...)

Fine Gael’s backroom team has obviously being doing its homework. As well as promising the goodies (lower taxes for the squeezed middle) it has trawle(...)

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