There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)

Former junior minister John Perry has outlined why he should he included on the Fine Gael general election ticket. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former junior minister John Perry received a round of applause at a meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators after he outlined why he should he included (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates witho(...)

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds who has decided not to contest the next general election.

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds has confirmed he will not contest the general election. In a surprise move, Mr Dowds said he would step dow(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the second day of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party meeting in Adare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No sign of pre-election nerves from Fine Gael at their think-in this week. The top brass exuded a sense of quiet satisfaction, as if content in(...)

Just like that: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with party colleagues at the FG think-in at The Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare Co Limerick. Photograph: The Irish Times

Since last week’s report on the Taoiseach’s convenient confusion over his decisive role in the “sacktirement” of a Garda commissioner, it’s difficult (...)

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

Limerick Fine Gael TD Dan Neville, president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, pointed out suicide rates were higher among young people, and among members of the Traveller community. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

The Traveller community in the midwest is coming to terms with the deaths by suicide of a teenage couple within the space of a few days.A 15-year-old (...)

Participants in the Console Christmas Celebration of Light for those bereaved through suicide, in November 2011, at St Patricks College Maynooth. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donal Walsh, who lost his four-year struggle with cancer earlier this month, became an inspiration for many in his attitude towards his illness and de(...)