‘The increase in female candidacy in Fine Gael between 2009 and 2014 is encouraging but with a membership consisting of over 40 per cent women (the highest of the four main political parties), it was in a better position than most to meet its own gender target.’ Above, election candidates Stephanie Regan, Sharon Tolan, John Clendennen and Garrett O’Dowd at the launch of the Fine Gael  local election campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:54

On May 23rd, 2,040 candidates will contest the 2014 local elections, 1,599 (78.4 per cent) men and 441 (21.6 per cent) women. While men continue to si(...)

 Kasey Smith performs in Copenhagen on Thursday night. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

RTÉ is to scrap the mentoring process it has used to select the last five Eurovision entrants, but Ireland will not be pulling out of the competition.(...)

About 28 per cent of those going forward for county or city council seats later this month for listed as non-party.

They come from the left, right and centre. Some are company directors. Many more are farmers. And a good number of this cohort of just over 2,000 peop(...)

There was a high level of support for the No side in the “breakfast-roll man” Dublin commuter belt constituencies, with 54.6 per cent of voters rejecting the proposal here. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a lot of emphasis in recent days on the low voter turnout levels in last Friday’s referendums and the likely impact that had on (...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 70 days the electorate will decide whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann. Now that the October 4th referendum date has been pencilled into th(...)

A study of how alternative electoral systems would work in Ireland has found they most markedly favour the largest political party in Ireland a(...)

The constitutional convention will meet this weekend to review the Dáil electoral system and ways of re(...)