Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has said Sinn Féin would need to undergo a “Pauline conversion to democracy” before his group could support(...)

 Independent Alliance election candidate   David McGuinness said he believed Tánaiste Joan Burton will lose her seat in the general election. Photograph: Collins

The Independent Alliance’s newest candidate has predicted Tánaiste Joan Burton will lose her Dublin West seat in the general election. Councillor Dav(...)

L-R: John Leahy (Renua), Eoin O’Broin (Sinn Fein), Jack Chambers (Fianna Fail). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maura Hopkins Fine Gael Hopkins is an unlikely candidate in Roscommon-East Galway. The party won two of the three seats in this constituency in the l(...)

Senator Averil Power after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil did not get much time to bask in its first bit of good news in four years. About 36 hours was the sum of it.Then, unannounced, Averil Pow(...)

Dublin Fianna Fáil councillor David McGuinness has resigned from the party. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil councillor for Fingal David McGuinness has resigned from the party.David McGuinness, who contested the 2007 general election in Dublin Wes(...)

Fianna Fáil has selected Cllr Jack Chambers to contest the general election in Dublin West. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Castleknock-based councillor Jack Chambers has won a resounding victory in the Fianna Fáil selection convention in Dublin West, defeating rival Cllr D(...)

Fianna Fáil councillor Jack Chambers has argued that the application by nine delegates to move back into Dublin West comes “at the eleventh hour” and goes against the party’s principles of one-member one-vote. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photograpy

An internal row has blown up between the two leading contenders to be the Fianna Fáil candidate in Dublin West for the general election. Ahead (...)

Fingal County Council has called on Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to let local authorites reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate by more than 15 per cent, due to concerns about house price increases. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council has called on the Minister for the Environment to let local authorities reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate by more than 15(...)

“You really would have to be talking about making jokes about Belsen and Auschwitz and the gas chambers to make it an equivocal thing in our lifetime,” said Famine historian and author Tim Pat Coogan in response to the proposed sitcom. Photograph: The Irish Times

Plans to develop a sitcom about the Irish historical tragedy of the Great Famine have drawn the ire of media commentators, politicians and led to an o(...)