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(...)

Sales of Guinness in the Dáil Bar are down by almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

The economic slump hit home for Guinness drinkers in the country’s best-known bar last year with sales of the black stuff d(...)