Áine Collins TD: not the time for a leadership contest but she said the “whingers” comment by Taoiseach Enda Kenny did the party some damage

A number of former Fine Gael TDs have criticised the party’s general election campaign. Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said the communicati(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Former minister for Health James Reilly at the count centre in Cloghran. photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A number of Government Ministers lost their seats in a bruising general election for Fine Gael and Labour. Deputy leader of Fine Gael James Reilly, (...)

Fine Gael’s Aine Collins and Michael Creed, and Fianna Fáil’s Michael Moynihan.

Fianna Fáil has narrowly seen off the challenge of Independent JP O’Shea to secure two seats in Cork North West. It was a case of Dial M for Moynihan(...)

 The Dáil chamber in Leinster House. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The impact of gender quotas on the results of the 2016 general election may well be fairly limited in terms of the numbers of new women TDs entering t(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has clai(...)

Independent Cllr and current Mayor of Cork County John Paul O’Shea, who has announced that he will run as a candidate for the Dáil in Cork North West. Photograph: Martin Walsh

The mayor of Co Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea has announced that he is to run in the forthcoming general election as an Independent candidate in the Cor(...)

The Department of Health’s secretary general declined to estimate what the deficit will be by the end of the year. Photograph: File Photo/Getty Images

The health service was €325 million over budget for the first nine months of the year, the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has been told. Department (...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy said staff pension deductions were being deducted, but not paid over. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)owes the State €10.3 million in pension-related deductions from staff, according to the Comptroller and Audi(...)