Labour TD Arthur Spring has told the party’s conference that Labour brought Fine Gael with it on many issues. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Labour has brought Fine Gael with it on many issues, Kerry Labour TD Arthur Spring told the party’s conference in Killarney.He said Labour had introdu(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton (right) and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Things are hotting up in the Leinster House jungle. Enda and Joan are now the two most unpopular residents in camp and fighting for their political li(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara (40) has demanded an immediate alteration of the party frontbench age profile. “There has to be a change - not just rearranging the deck chairs - a fundamental change in generation of the leadership of the Labour Party and also its focus and directio.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The call for a “fundamental change in generation” of the Labour Party leadership has evaporated pretty quickly. Last week, one of the “gang of eight” (...)

Minister of State Alex White (centre) and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right) are the only contenders yet to announce that they want to succeed Eamon Gilmore (left) as Labour leader. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Kerry TD Arthur Spring has confirmed he will not be entering the contest for the leadership of the Labour Party.Mr Spring said he will, instead, be ba(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore speaking on his resignation as Labour Party leader, at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Gilmore’s decision to resign as Labour Party leader has triggered a leadership race with a raft of early hopefuls, but has also raised serious d(...)

 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Eamon Gilmore at the announcement of his resignation yesterday: his successor will be under extreme pressure to rebuild a battered party. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Coalition faces a prolonged period of uncertainty after Eamon Gilmore’s abrupt resignation. In question for weeks to come is whether Labour will e(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arrives at Iveagh House, Dublin, yesterday prior to the announcement of Eamon Gilmore’s resignation as Labour Party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

The majority of Labour Party TDs are reserving their positions on who to support in the leadership race until all candidates have declared.However, M(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin ran twice for the leadership previously but was defeated by Ruairí Quinn and by Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Labour Party was an early adopter of the one-member one-vote system and it is the ordinary members of the party, not its parliamentarians, who wil(...)