Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh’s Bernard Brogan: will bid  to earn a county final place with his club when they face St Jude’s. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Today Dublin SFC semi-finals (Parnell Park) St Oliver Plunkett’s v St Jude’s, 3.30 – Widely assumed to have missed the bus in recent years, Plunke(...)

Voters in the Dublin South West and Roscommon-South Leitrim byelections have delivered a shock to the established parties and a warning to Sinn Féin t(...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)

Paul Murphy makes his a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection at the count centre in the Basketbal Arena in Tallaght. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s victory in the Dublin South West byelection was a master stroke in political tactics and timing.Murphy, a former Socialist Party MEP, di(...)

The outcomes of the two Dáil byelections are bad news for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin who were favourites to win throughout the campaigns. Cathal King (left) of Sinn Féin was expected to win in Dublin South West but was overcome Paul Murphy (right). A defeat for Fianna Fáil in Roscommon South-Leitrim  raises further questions about Micheál Martin (centre). Photographs: The Irish Times.

Since the first count was announced in Roscommon South West early this afternoon we knew how it was all going to pan out and the jolt that was in s(...)

Paul Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance,  prepares a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy has won a sensational victory in the Dublin South West byelection.He defeated the hot favourite, Sinn Fe(...)

Dublin South West Constituency Profile: The numbers, and everyone working in the constituency, says the Dublin South-West seat is Sinn Féin’s to lose,(...)

For many voters, the political thought processes really only crystallise close to polling day, with many making their minds in the final day. That’s why you will see that late opinion polls are often the most accurate.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Politicians always say they are not influenced by opinion polls and will invariably employ the cliché learned in Evasive Answers 101: “Opinion polls a(...)

Breege Coen votes early at the Oakwood Private Nursing Home, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, supervised by presiding officer James Raftery and Garda Liam McBrien  yesterday. Photograph: Mick McCormack

There is less certainty among Fine Gael TDs and Senators that the party’s candidate John McNulty will win the Seanad byelection on Friday following (...)