Profile: Brendan Griffin (FG)

An arts graduate and former county councillor, 33-year-old Brendan Griffin topped the poll first time he ran for the Dáil in 2011, taking the Fine Ga(...)

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae celebrates on the shoulders of supporters including his  brother Michael who was re-elected earlier. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Fine Gael Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan has lost his Dáil seat in Kerry. Fianna Fáil’s John Brassil, Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin and Sinn Féin Ma(...)

 Winning two seats in a five-seater will be a challenge, despite Danny’s poll topping 4,388 votes in the 2014 local election in the Killarney area. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The grinding poverty experienced by young Jackie Healy-Rae on a mountain holding spawned a family work ethic which has yielded a remarkable general el(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: questions over his leadership if the election result is a major disappointment. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The election campaign has finally come alive with a Red C poll in this morning’s Irish Sun putting Fine Gael on a miserable 26 per cent - down five po(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae are on the cusp on being returned to Dáil Éireann. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Healy-Rae brothers look set to pull off a coup in Kerry by taking two seats in the new five-seat constituency, a poll conducted for TG4 indicates.(...)

Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

With Danny Healy Rae focusing his efforts on this part of the county, the family political dynasty believes he might have an outside chance of springing a surprise. File photograph: PA Wire

The surprise addition of Danny Healy Rae to the ballot paper in Kerry has the potential to the change the complexion of the race - but his chances of (...)

Danny Healy-Rae is to run alongside his brother Michael in the upcoming general election. Photograph: PA Wire

With only a few minutes to go until the noon deadline for handing in nomination papers for the general election, Danny Healy-Rae arrived in the county(...)

Frances Fitzgerald and Simon Harris at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is more familiar with “abdication” than “coronation”, Minister of State Simon Harris has told the Fine Gael Ardfheis(...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)