Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

NUI Former minister for justice Michael McDowell was the first to be elected to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. He was elec(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

Averil Power concedes defeat in the Dublin Bay North count at general election 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has given his support to former Fianna Fáil, now Independent, Seantor Averil Power in the Seanad elections. Mr Varad(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Independent Alliance candiate Seán Canney who has topped the poll in Galway East. Photograph: Dan Griffin.

Independent TD Seán Canney topped the poll in Galway East and will enter the Dáil with Fianna Fáil newcomer Anne Rabbitte and incumbent Fine Gael TD C(...)

A spokesman for Colm Keaveney said he could not make any public comment about the defamation proceedings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Fianna Fáil candidate in Galway East, Colm Keaveney, has initiated defamation proceedings against Independent News & Media in relation to an a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health Colm Keaveney said the Government and the responsible Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, had failed in promise to ring fence an additional €37 million per annum for services.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has said it will give a cast-iron commitment to increase funding for mental health services by €200 within five years if it is returned to(...)

Two Government Ministers have defended Taoiseach Enda Kenny amid Opposition claims he has not taken enough interest in areas seriously affected by recent flooding. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two Government Ministers have defended Taoiseach Enda Kenny amid Opposition claims he has not shown enough interest in areas seriously affected by re(...)

Again and again, research has shown that denominational schools are far more likely to contain minorities such as travellers or immigrant children, and to welcome them. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

An American company designs survival capsules, that is, reinforced pods to protect people from natural disasters like tsunamis. They are built to high(...)