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(...)

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

Mourners carry the coffins of Tara Gilbert, her daughters Jodie (9) and Kelsey (4) and her partner’s Willy Lynch (all pictured on right) at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Bray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Pope Francis was among those who sent his condolences to funeral of five of those who died in a fire in Carrickmines, Dublin 10 days ago. Over 1,000 m(...)

A third candidate, Wexford based Shane Dunphy,  has opted against contesting the general electon for Renua Ireland.

A third candidate has opted against contesting the general electon for Renua Ireland. Shane Dunphy has decided not to run for the recently formed par(...)

Maurice Shanahan has been key for Waterford, holding up possession superbly as the lone attacker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You look at Kilkenny and realise that they’ve lost about one-third of the panel that won the All-Ireland last year and it has left them vulnerable. Ev(...)

Willie O’Connor of Kilkenny holds possession ahead of Waterford’s Anthony Kirwan during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final of 1998 at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

When it all ended Kilkenny’s Charlie Carter recalled, in his biography, “I’ve rarely been as happy to hear a final whistle.” Next weekend will be 17 y(...)

Colin Dunford stays one step ahead of James Woodlock during  Waterford’s league semi-final win over Tipperary at Nowland Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford have been in many ways the team of the year so far and I was mightily impressed by them in the semi-final when they should have beaten Co(...)

Séamus Harnedy: the return of their primary ball-winner will be a significant boost to Jimmy McCarthy’s Cork side. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This is the qualifier that appears to hold out the best chance of an upset. That perception rests on Cork’s tailspin in recent times and the – at t(...)

Some 60 people have been arrested in a Garda operation into the sale and supply of heroin, cocaine and other drugs in Dublin, Cork, Wexford. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Some 60 people have been arrested in Dublin, Cork and Wexford as part of a Garda operation into the sale and supply of heroin, cocaine and other cont(...)