James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

Former Ireland Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh makes his way through the departures of Dublin Airport last Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Up to a week ago, most people couldn’t have picked Billy Walsh out in a crowd. Then suddenly he was the lead item on RTÉ One’s Six One News, as heads (...)

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 (...)