Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

David Norris has been elected to the Seanad on the University of Dublin panel. He was elected on the first count with 4070 votes late on Tuesday night

David Norris has been elected to the Seanad on the University of Dublin panel. He was elected on the first count with 4070 votes late on Tuesday nigh(...)

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)

 Senator Averil Power:  said the fact that voters had to be at home or be able to access a sorting office during working hours “highlights the need for online voting”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Postage accounts for most (88 per cent) of the €2.7 million direct cost to the State of running the Seanad elections, it has emerged. All other direc(...)

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning: If graduates “could register and download their vote online a lot of the problems being experienced at present could be avoided”. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 20,000 ballot papers for the university panels in the Seanad elections have been returned to the colleges as undelivered. Almost 10,000 vot(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Averil Power concedes defeat in the Dublin Bay North count at general election 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has given his support to former Fianna Fáil, now Independent, Seantor Averil Power in the Seanad elections. Mr Varad(...)

Lucinda Creighton: her defeat was largely due to Fine Gael tribalism. Photograph: Eric Luke

From this general election, some broad political principles are clear. For example, the way people vote is not influenced by the so-called social issu(...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It won’t go unnoticed amongst marriage equality campaigners that several candidates who were to the fore during last year’s referendum failed to get e(...)

Seán Haughey with his wife Orla in the RDS: “Politics is not easy and this must be a very difficult night for [Averil Power]. Democracy can be cruel.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The general election has resulted in a swing to the left in Dublin Bay North and Dublin South Central. In Dublin South-Central, Anti-Austerity Allia(...)