“Getting people out on the street is the objective, rather than the particular issue that is being protested against.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In 2014, in the context of the then pending European Parliament elections, People Before Profit (PBP) candidate Brid Smith was asked on Tonight with V(...)

Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad. Ms Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, was elected to the Industrial (...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some people are influenced to take insurance cases to court because the awards seem like “a lottery” win, Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton has (...)

Independent TD Joan Collins; Maria Walsh; National Women’s Council director Orla O’Connor; Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell; Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan; Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers; and Ivana Bacik at the women’s day event at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Women politicians now account for 22 per cent of the membership of the 32nd Dáil, up from 15 per cent of the last one. Several of them turned up at (...)

A demonstrator wears a hard hat with a tap on the top during a Right2Change protest in February. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/AFP/Getty Images

On radio yesterday morning, the newly elected People before Profit TD Bríd Smith suggested Irish Water should be closed down, the workers reassigned t(...)

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(...)

 Brid Smith, Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, is elected in the Dublin South Central at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Bríd Smith was contesting her fourth general election. She stood initially for the Socialist Workers Party in 1997 and 2002. She is standing now for A(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Saturday evening. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A considerably reduced Fine Gael has taken a small lead over a resurgent Fianna Fáil and is likely to remain the largest party in the Dáil. With 10 o(...)