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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was standing in yesterday  for the Taoiseach, who was in Brussels explaining that an Apple a day helps the multinationals stay. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It was Eamon’s turn to defend the indefensible yesterday. Enda set the bar low for him on Tuesday with his defence of Alan Shatter’s worr(...)

 Deputy Mick Wallace at Leinster House yesterday. He said Mr Shatter had “tried to ridicule us, skew the debate, misrepresent us and show a level of disrespect to us as elected representatives.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter appeared to have drawn a line under the political row surrounding his disclosure of confidential information(...)

Deputy Mick Wallace at Leinster House yesterday. “Most came to the realisation that the the political row surrounding Shatter was petering out.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Alan Shatter brought a new concept to the world of Irish politics last night: the nonapology apology. After five days of controversy over(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at at Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The modern era and the advent of instant communications has thrown up a number of new political rules, all conceived by another modern phenomen(...)

By most people’s standards the use of a mobile phone while driving, although deplorable, does not rank high on the Richter scale of criminality(...)

The British government’s controversial gay marriage legislation returns to the Commons today with Tory MPs and activists deeply split over the (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter takes questions from the media on the Wallace controversy outside a citizenship ceremony in the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has rejected allegations he improperly used confidential Garda information to denigrate the reputation of Ind(...)

A study of how alternative electoral systems would work in Ireland has found they most markedly favour the largest political party in Ireland a(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White: my area of responsibility is primary care, the first port of call for citizens seeking access to the health services. Photograph: Alan Betson

Since I was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health last October, many have asked me whether I felt I had been handed a “poison(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s remark about Independent TD Mick Wallace “has had a political impact far beyond its seemingly throwaway nature. It has raised serious issue surrounding ministerial power, rights and responsibilities.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The word hypocrisy has been bandied around in the continuing row over penalty points. It has been applied (correctly) to Roscommon Deputy Luke (...)

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