Following long negotiations, the new Irish government is voted into office by Dáil Éireann. The government is formed after a historic coalition deal between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin takes office as Taoiseach (Prime Minister), with outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), due to return to the post in December 2022 as part of the coalition deal.
Irish senator Ned O'Sullivan admits making "around a dozen" of the thousands of phone calls originating from Dáil Éireann to help TD Michael Healy-Rae win a charity reality TV show four years ago. Taxpayers then picked up the bill.
Ireland's parliament is involved in controversy amid newspaper reports that thousands of phone calls were made from Dáil Éireann to help TD Michael Healy-Rae win a charity reality TV show four years ago. Taxpayers then picked up the bill.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirms that disgraced former minister Michael Lowry is to be censured by Dáil Éireann today without any discussion of the matter, following two days of debate on the tribunal's findings.
Irish Minister for Justice and Law Reform Dermot Ahern announces he is not to contest his seat in Dáil Éireann at the next general election (due in 2011) as he has "a painful medical condition necessitating heavy medication".
Pope Benedict XVI issues a statement after a two-day meeting with all Irish bishops in the Vatican, including labelling paedophilia a "heinous crime", but his nuncio refuses to appear before an inquiry in Dáil Éireann.