James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

Police officers stand outside the Trump Tower during an investigation into a suspicious white powder substance found inside the building. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

New York City firefighters and police said on Thursday they were investigating a report that an envelope containing a suspicious white powder substanc(...)

Ruth Coppinger (AAA) said the first call from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness should be the declaration a “national emergency” that required “emergency legislation”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The new Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness must “find solutions in a non-political way”, its members said on Wednesday, before immediate(...)

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Opinion in the Labour Party has hardened against another coalition with Fine Gael, with strong indications that party members will reject such a propo(...)

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour P(...)

Willie Penrose and James Bannon before the final count Longford-Westmeath count finally ended early on Thursday morning. Photograph: John McCauley.

It was the worst election in the Labour Party’s 104-year history, made even bleaker by the prospect of losing Dáil speaking rights. The junior Coalit(...)

Labour’s Brendan Ryan celebrating his election

Skerries-based Brendan Ryan (59) begins his second term as a Labour TD, having followed his brother Seán, who retired in 2007, into the Dáil. He miss(...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)

Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has become the latest high -profile member of the outgoing administration to lose his seat. Dr Reilly was elim(...)