Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

Labour candidate Eoin Holmes on a brief visit to the Meath East byelection count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne, last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The picture of a devastated Eoin Holmes leaving the count centre after March 2013’s Meath East byelection was one of the defining political pictures o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee , on her election as a TD in March. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A total of €106,653.42 was spent by candidates in the Meath East byelection in March with Fine Gael’s successful candidate Helen McEntee spending the (...)

 Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus at the European Count East Constituency, Punchestown in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour MEP Nessa Childers has resigned from the Labour parliamentary party, saying she does not want to support a Government that is hurting pe(...)

The two big beasts on the Irish political stage, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, slugged it out in the Meath East byelection this week before Helen (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee, alongside her mother Kathleen, sister Sally and brother Vincent (directly behind Helen) on being elected as a TD in the Meath East byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The fallout from the Meath East byelection could turn out to be more important than the actual result, if the initial shock in the Labour Party(...)

The Meath East byelection result will test the personal political bond  between Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Financial Times reported recently that, at the last EU summit, outgoing Italian prime m(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore with Labour Party members Emer Costello, Aodhan O Riordain, John Lyons and Joe Costello at the Unitarian Church in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has dismissed any suggestions that his leadership of the Labour Party is an issue following its very poor showing in the Mea(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny embraces Kathleen McEntee and congratulates her daughter, Helen McEntee, on being elected as a TD, taking her father’s seat in the Meath East byelection, at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Fine Gael candidate Helen McEntee’s victory in the Meath East byelection as a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee  on her victory in the Meath East byelection, as her mother Katlhleen (centre) watches at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

It is not too often in the Irish electoral context that you can say it was a good day for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. But the winners of th(...)