Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Winners take it all: Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan were both elected in Dublin Bay South. Photograph: Eric Luke

Just as Kevin Humphreys was adjusting to the loss of his seat, the former Labour minister tweeted a photograph of a cute dog, perched on the shoreline(...)

“Democracy is always exciting but it is merciless when it clicks in” – Taoiseach Enda Kenny commenting on a difficult election for Fine Gael. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

“Democracy is always exciting but it is merciless when it clicks in.” – Taoiseach Enda Kenny commenting on a difficult election for Fine Gael. “I do(...)

The election of Fianna Fáil’s Eugene Murphy is the only major surprise of the general election result in the Roscommon Galway constituency. From Scr(...)

The Wolf and Peter Town Hall Theatre, Galway ***** Coiscéim’s new dance show is at once reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern. Inspired by P(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state Conor Lenihan appears to have abandoned plans to seek the party’s nomination to contest the general election in the new Roscommon-Galway constituency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state Conor Lenihan appears to have abandoned plans to seek the party’s nomination to contest the general election in t(...)

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A number of high-profile Fianna Fáil candidates, including Seán Haughey, will learn in the coming days if they will be automatic selections on the pa(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan: clearly doesn’t feel his political past is anything to be embarrassed about. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s a story that won’t go away. For all Fianna Fáil’s rebranding efforts, the troublesome past always comes back to haunt it. Tuesday’s edition of(...)

Fianna Fáil Councillor Ivan Connaughton said:  “There will be people who will not be happy with my decision, but I have do what is in the best interest for the people of Roscommon and the people of Galway.”

Fianna Fáil Councillor Ivan Connaughton is considering running as an Independent in the next general election. Mr Connaughton, who ran for the party i(...)

Former  Fianna Fáil TD Conor Lenihan is photographed in RTÉ watching his party leader Micheál Martin being interviewed. Mr Lenihan on Monday said he would consider running for the Dáil again if approached by the party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Former minister of state Conor Lenihan has said he would consider running for Fianna Fáil again if asked by the party. Mr Lenihan, a brother of the la(...)