Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has become the latest high -profile member of the outgoing administration to lose his seat. Dr Reilly was elim(...)

Fianna Fail general election candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee said she was ‘shaking like a leaf’ after the incident.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A female Fianna Fáil candidate has claimed she was verbally assaulted by party members working for her running mate while out canvassing earlier this (...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has been criticised for calling Fianna Fáil  the ‘old enemy’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins has criticised Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes for referring to Fianna Fáil as the “old enemy”. Mr Collins sa(...)

Senator Darragh O’Brien: it is an entitlement of educators to protect their religious ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

There were exchanges over Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan’s pledge to abolish a 50-year-old rule giving privileged status to religion in the cla(...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: ‘appalling’ that people cannot be buried on Sundays. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Funerals cannot be held in Galway city on Sundays because local authorities cannot afford the premium rates to provide the service, the Seanad has h(...)

The Government has rejected a call for homeowners who pay management fees to get an exemption on their property tax.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The Government has rejected a call for homeowners who pay management fees to get an exemption on their property tax. Fianna Fáil public expenditure an(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Ahead of the new Dáil term, the political party think-ins begin today with Fine Gael’s event. We assess the shape of each party as they head into a ge(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)