The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. T(...)

Princess Anne speaks with jockey AP McCoy after she officially opened the Princess Royal Grandstand during day one of The Open at Cheltenham raceourse, Cheltenham. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

“Howaya doin’. I met your mother on the Rock-a- Cashel!” And with that arresting opening line, Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan had Princess Anne’s full atten(...)

‘After the election the parties simply ignored their pre election commitments. The current Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett (above) was chosen by the then Taoiseach elect Enda Kenny and approved by the Dáil without any vote.’  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Each year, MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland asks a leading public figure to deliver a keynote address on the opening night in the form of(...)

Labour TD Dominic Hannigan described the situation in Greece as “grave”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The chairman of the Oireachtas EU affairs committee, Dominic Hannigan, has said Ireland will have to “go the extra mile” to keep Greece in the euro(...)

‘David Fitzgerald (above) is  proving to be a strong candidate. Many objective observers who have visited Carlow-Kilkenny in recent weeks speak of his positive disposition which is connecting with voters.’ Above,  Fitzgerald,   celebrates as it’s announced in Dublin  that Kilkenny City is winner of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition,  last year. He was there in his capacity as Chairman of the Kilkenny Town Tidy Towns Committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Any assessment of the potential outcomes for the forthcoming Carlow-Kilkenny byelection has to start with the reality that in the last general elec(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee  on her victory in the Meath East byelection, as her mother Katlhleen (centre) watches at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

It is not too often in the Irish electoral context that you can say it was a good day for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. But the winners of th(...)