Seán Ó Fearghaíl arriving at the Dáil on the day he was elected   Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dogged and determined, the new Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, did not secure a Dáil seat in Kildare until he contested his fifth general election.(...)

A file image of European Commissioner for Agriculture  Phil Hogan who expects  the parties to form a government within  weeks. Photograph: AFP

European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said he expects a government will be formed in Ireland within weeks. Speaking in Dublin on Wednesday(...)

 Members of the Independent Alliance (from left) Micheal Fitzmaurice, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, Sean Canney speak to reporters at  Leinster House after meeting Micheál Martin. Photo: Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has shown “more energy” than Taoiseach Enda Kenny as talks between political parties continue, leading Independent A(...)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White: “There is no coalition government without broken promises. There is no government without broken promises.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly’s pre-election reference to power as a drug was “ill-judged” and Brendan Howlin should secure the Labour leade(...)

Independent Catherine Connolly was among the new women TDs elected to the 32nd Dáil.

Of the record 35 women TDs who will sit in the Dáil chamber next week, 19 will be newcomers. Fianna Fáil has finally shaken off its “male, stale and (...)

Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael’s deputy campaign director for the marriage referendum who revealed he was gay in 2012, was ousted in Cork South -Central

Many liberal standard-bearers lost their seats in the general election, which took place less than a year after the groundbreaking same-sex marriage r(...)

Former Renua TD  Lucinda Creighton at the RDS count centre. She has been reflecting on the toll politics can take on family and finances after clearing out her Dáil office.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins.

Lucinda Creighton reflected on the toll politics can take on family and finances as she cleared out her Dáil office after failing to retain her seat i(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett

Elected Ceann Comhairle of the 31st Dáil unopposed on March 9th, 2011, Seán Barrett is automatically returned to the Dáil as he is seeking another ter(...)

Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton: insisted the party would continue in existence irrespective of whether or not it succeeded in winning any Dáil seat. Photograph: Eric Luke

General election 2016 was a good one for the Social Democrats and a terrible one for Renua, whose party leader Lucinda Creighton failed to retain her(...)