‘Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan’s plan to further restrict car traffic on the north quays to one lane is not surprising. He declared war 11 years ago, as the city’s director of traffic: “We have given up trying to cater for the private car and if people haven’t worked that out yet, then there’s a serious problem with IQ.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

A picture of the Dublin City Council chief executive in hi-vis vest, leading fellow devotees of cycling over one of the capital’s several lovely, star(...)

‘In 1935, while the Tuam babies were being swept away by catastrophic measles and whooping cough epidemics and the types of debility that continue to kill the poor and the marginalised, a criminal court judge was pondering “the awful plague of infanticide . . . over-running the country at the present time”. ’ Above, the memorial on the site of   the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Port city: Reginald’s Tower, by the Suir. Photograph: Patrick Browne

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Number one: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates with supporters after his election to the European Parliament. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Protesters lined up at a European election ballot box, one roaring into it through a megaphone, another raising a fist, a third waving a placard with (...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan at the count centre for the European elections in Castlebar, Co Mayo, yesterday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

It was Mingdependence Day. Around lunchtime, he came up to the press gallery, the better to admire his “stash” piled behind the stage. Stash? “Ah yeah(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan at the local and European elections count in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan 2:17

Ming, the main man, turned up early in a smart, green ensemble. “It’s the hemp suit . . . He usually wears it to weddings,” said his brother-in-law Ji(...)

Matt Carthy (right) , Sinn Fein candidate in the European Elections , canvassing Alan Grey, jeweller, at Dundalk , Co. Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There are a few similarities between Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy and Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne. Both are boyish-looking 36-year-olds and are married with(...)

Avril Grufferty, Ballinrobe (left) and Martha Egan, Finney, meet Cllr Brendan Henaghan, on his local election canvass in Castlebar. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

The horizontal rain is lashing shoppers off the streets. The liquidation notice in the shuttered frontage of Hynes’ shoe shop – part of Castlebar’s DN(...)

Longford-Westmeath byelection candidate Gabrielle McFadden canvassing Mikey Ward and Winnie Sherlock in Athlone. Photograph: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

The term “sympathy vote” can have a cynical ring to it. In crude electoral terms, the bounce for a bereaved candidate is an obvious bonus, but in pers(...)

Independent candidate Luke Ming Flanagan gets a little help from his friend, whistelblower John Wilson, as he canvasses Eamon Murray and Sean Roche in Cavan town. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

The canvass was supposed to kick off at 11am in Cavan town. At 10 he texts to say he’ll be 45 minutes late. It’s after midday when we finally track hi(...)