Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

Senator Eamonn Coghlan: “Let us not have an Irish solution to an Irish problem.” Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Licensing laws covering events such as the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, Fine Gael Senator Eamonn Coghlan said. Issues arising in the n(...)

Licensing laws covering events like the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, the Seanad heard tonight. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Licensing laws covering events like the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, Fine Gael Senator Eamon Coghlan said.He said issues arising in the(...)

Fianna Fáil European candidate Mary Fitzpatrick speaks to reporters as counting begins in  count centre at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: PA

With over 600 of the 949 city and council seats filled, there have been some dramatic trends emerging on the second day of the count.Perhaps the most (...)

  Fine Gael’s Ken Egan and Emer Higgins –  seen with  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald – were elected on the last count at the local elections in City West. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael has had a very poor election. Its vote share has dropped by more than 12 percentage points since the general election and, despite the over(...)

Micheál Martin at the election count in Cork Cty Hall today. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has expressed satisfaction with the party’s performance in both local elections, where it looks set to increase its (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD canvassing in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

You know that restaurant thing we do? When the food hasn’t been good and the service terrible, and the waiter who spent an evening trying to ignore yo(...)

 Sinn Féin’s   European election candidates Lynn Boylan (left) and Martina Anderson at the launch of Sinn Fein’s European election manifesto Dublin yesterday.  Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Anybody who witnessed the first TV3 debate on the European elections with Midland North West candidates last night would know first-hand how chaos the(...)

 Ruth Coppinger  during an anti-austerity protest: got 21.1%  of the vote at the 2011 byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to byelections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with voters giving gove(...)