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 (...)

Leo Varadkar is expected to top the poll and Fine Gael and Labour strategists are eager that his transfers will help the Tánaiste  Joan Burton get over the line. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has urged his supporters to give running mate Catherine Noone their first preference and their third to Tánaiste Joan(...)

Senator Catherine Noone: ‘It is simply about getting children to make healthier choices.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has said there should be a “no-fry zone’’ near schools. “The reality is if children are able to make an unhealthy(...)

A Fine Gael senator wants to limit the access children have to unhealthy food during school hours.

A Fine Gael senator has called on local authorities to introduce “no-fry zones” within 500 metres of schools and playgrounds. Catherine Noone said the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala Kenny, with  the Taoiseach’s  brother Cllr Henry Kenny and his wife Maureen in Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar.  Photograph: Michael Donnelly

More than 400 of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s closest constituency supporters gathered in a Mayo hotel on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate the 40(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Kenny downplays expectation of giveaway budget following strong exchequer returns. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs and Senators were told by the party’s electoral strategists they must emphasise stability in the election campaign, and that fear of (...)

Ireland has been minting coppers at three times the rate of the EU average but there is a consistent shortage of them across the country.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will recommend to Cabinet on Tuesday the withdrawal of one and two cent coins following the success of a pilot pro(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been selected to contest the Dublin West constituency for Fine Gael with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in the general election. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Senator Catherine Noone have been selected to contest the Dublin West constituency for Fine Gael in the general e(...)