Michelle Mulherin is Fine Gael’s only female TD in the Mayo constituency. A Fine Gael source highlighted her strength in her Ballina base, in contrast with John O’Mahony’s loss of 10,000 voters from his area following boundary changes. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A constituency colleague of Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is being treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complies with gender quota legi(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

Coalition: Sources indicate there has been a definite change of attitude among some in Fine Gael since IAG chief executive Willie Walsh engaged in a round of publicity last week. Photograph: PA 2:13

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs and Ministers say the Coalition should seriously consider selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. Some backb(...)

Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony said he has made no ‘final decision’ over whether he will move constituency to Galway West for the general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There is increased speculation that Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony will move constituency to Galway West for the general election after the loss of (...)

Munster’s CJ Stander in Pro12 action against Scarlets at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Pool One: Sale Sharks v Munster AJ Bell Stadium, Saturday 1pm, Sky Sports 2 Anthony Foley is a strong enough character not to feel suffocat(...)

 Andrew Smith will make his debut against Edinburgh tonight.  Photograph:  Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster v EdinburghThomond Park, 7.35 - Live TG4Here follows the seasonal opener of the most important Pro 12 campaign to date but Munster remain some(...)

Munster’s new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Artist and activist Margaretta D’Arcy (80), who is serving a second prison sentence over her opposition to US military use of Shannon Airport, is exp(...)

Four Courts: Effective public scrutiny of courts requires both a happenstance audience and the hope that such public scrutinisers have some knowledge of fair proceedings

Open court facilitates public scrutiny of courts, in the words of Jeremy Bentham, “to keep the judge while trying, under trial”. However, the common v(...)

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said that they did not set out to appoint an all-Irish coaching team for next season but he is pleased that(...)