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Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Mattie McGrath has said he wants to join a new political set-up headed by Michael Fitzmaurice. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed an interest in signing up to a new party headed by Roscommon/South Leitrim deputy Michael Fitzmaurice. The(...)

Ted Nealon:  Taoiseach Enda Kenny said of him: “In every role he gave of his best, not alone as an exemplary public servant, but as an exemplary, compassionate and dignified human being”

The late Ted Nealon had a “unique political brain of enormous capacity”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. In a tribute to the former Fine G(...)

David Hall said he has met with “Lucinda and Stephen” separately about the formation of a new party. I don’t know what their intentions are as of yet. I don’t think they have made any definite decisions yet, but discussions are still ongoing”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mortgage campaigner David Hall has confirmed he has held separate meetings with Independent TDs Lucinda Creighton and Stephen Donnelly about setting u(...)

Shane Ross: said he would continue to hold one-to-one meetings as he seeks support for this new alliance

A quarter of the Independent councillors in the State have expressed interest in being involved with some form of electoral alliance ahead of the nex(...)

Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: David Sleator

Former Fine Gael minister of state for European affairs Lucinda Creighton has said Ireland’s next EU commissioner should not be a Cabinet Minister. T(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “The Bill is effectively saying that the new  independent Garda authority will have no role in the most senior Garda appointments.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation to reform how top-ranking Garda appointments are made has been rejected by the Minister for Justice, who said it ignored the forthcoming (...)

Independent TD Shane Ross claimed Fine Gael appointed as judges “those who have served the party well over the years” - in the same way the party’s predecessors in government did. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

This Government is no different from the previous administration in using political patronage for the appointment of judges, the Dáil has heard.Indepe(...)

Nama chairman Frank Daly told the Public Accounts Committee that nobody in the agency was currently in receipt of a bonus but that a payment, perhaps deferred until the agency completed its work, was something that might need to be considered to incentivise staff to stay on.

The National Asset Management Agency intends to ask Minister for Finance Michael Noonan about the possibility of offering “retention payments” to staf(...)

Some 90 per cent of the €6.8 billion in State money could end up being invested exclusively in Dublin, says Waterford TD  John Deasy. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Fine Gael backbencher John Deasy has accused the Government of ignoring regional development.He said the distribution of investment across the State (...)

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