Fine Gael Senator Cáei Keane, an experienced electoral campaigner, will no doubt be looking beyond the byelection to the next general election

The battle for this four-seater is likely to be in late September or early October

Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton: highlighting the failure of the upturn in the economy to impact on constituents

FF first to nominate candidate for anticipated autumn poll

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had spoken over the phone to UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon about the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power calls for EU to impose trade sanctions against Israel

Former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy is to stand as a candidate in the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Four candidates now declared for anticipated autumn electoral battle

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches have already been made to him.

Persistent rumours that Independent Wicklow TD has been approached by Fianna Fáil

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

SF says Government cannot shirk responsibility for ‘serious failings’ in department

Leo Varadkar, who will be asked to debate the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Kelly wants ‘feasibility’ of reopening accident and emergency service considered

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election

Ivana Bacik: said the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be invited to the House when it resumed in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East

Government urged to play its part in securing permanent ceasefire

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