Gabrielle McFadden is congratulated by Enda Kenny as the count gets under way in St Dominic’s GAA club in Keenagh, Co Longford, on Saturday. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Fine Gael’s Gabrielle McFadden comfortably held the Longford-Westmeath seat left vacant by the death of her sister Nicky this year.Her election was in(...)

Two months of free time as the State’s 3,000-plus primary schools close their doors for the summer at the end of this week – it’s a delightful prospec(...)