John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

 Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Members of the  Save Roscommon campaign.

On a map, the 30 sq km of Roscommon that is being proposed as an addition to Westmeath looks like a square wedge marked off by one of those colonial l(...)

Michael Lowry: “I don’t have any problem with Fine Gael. I don’t have any problem with Fianna Fáil.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Lowry has said he would be disposed towards supporting a Fine Gael or Fianna Fail-led Government. Mr Lowry said the controvers(...)

St Brigid’s celebrate after their All-Ireland club victory. The club’s success has underpinned Roscommon’s recent strength at minor and U-21 level . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It is an attack on the people that we are,” says Hugh Lynn of the current Athlone boundary review implications which, if sanctioned according to loca(...)

The European Investment Bank provides loans to EU countries to invest in infrastructural projects, providing long-term financing at low interest rates.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed a €200 million investment for Ireland to help tackle flood prevention measures. The funding, which wil(...)

Minister of State Simon Harris: “Perhaps these thresholds need to be looked at.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister of State Simon Harris is to press the EU to amend the thresholds that apply to funding from the EU Solidarity Fund. Speaking ahead of a visi(...)

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(...)

Save Roscommon claims a committee set up by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly last June intends to recommend that the areas of Monksland, Bealnamulla and Hodson Bay (hotel pictured above) in  Co Roscommon should come under Westmeath County Council. File photograph: Google Street View

A group called Save Roscommon set up to oppose what it describes as State-sanctioned annexation of parts of the south of the county is to hold a publi(...)