Eoghan Murphy, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, David Stanton and   Regina Doherty launching Fine Gael’s  Oireachtas Reform Programme in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil will not begin to function fully under sweeping parliamentary reforms until weeks before the parliamentary recess in July. The prolonged neg(...)

A partial report in The Irish Times on April 1st, 1976. Photograph: The Irish Times

On March 31st 1976, an armed gang carried out a mail train robbery at Sallins, Co Kildare, seizing IR£200,000. Here is an early report of the heist as(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl: “Each member has a part to play in this process of reform.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

The ceann comhairle could be given the power to intervene if government ministers decline to answer TDs’ questions, under proposed Dáil reforms. Th(...)

 Fine Gael Ministers have made it abundantly clear that they will not tolerate a deal that leaves Enda Kenny in power simply to have Fianna Fáil pull the plug at the most politically opportune time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It can’t be an anti-climax if nobody expected matters to reach a conclusion. The events in Leinster House yesterday played out more or less exactly a(...)

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. (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said to be the favourite for the position of ceann comhairle, which will be decided by secret ballot today. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Fine Gael Ministers are said to be actively encouraging members to support Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl for the position of ceann comhairle. It i(...)

The Dáil chamber: Photograph: Alan Betson

It is never too late to do the right thing. The Government’s announcement that they will finally implement significant Dáil reform is welcome. For a(...)

The Government has decided to proceed immediately with a number of political reforms including the election of the next Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has decided to proceed immediately with a number of political reforms including the election of the next Ceann Comhairle by secret ball(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to the 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Legal proceedings brought by businessman Denis O’Brien against a Dáil committee represent a threat to democracy, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sai(...)

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