Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Candidates in the European elections last May spent almost €3 million in their campaigns, according to a report published by the Standards in Public (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party welcome new TD Gabrielle McFadden to Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Newly elected Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden has formally taken her seat in the Dáil. In a short ceremony before leaders’ questions, Ms McFadden (47(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party welcome newly elected TD Gabrielle McFadden to Leinster House today. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Newly elected Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden has formally taken her seat in the Dáil. In a short ceremony before leaders’ questions Ms McFadden (47) (...)

Cllr Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West: escorted down the steps to loud applause from all sides of the House yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins sat in the Dáil lobby with his newly elected Dublin West colleague Ruth Coppinger as she waited to take her seat in the(...)

Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West, arrives at Leinster House, on her first day in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Newly elected Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger has taken her seat in the Dáil. With her family and friends watching from the public gallery, the Dubl(...)

Gabrielle McFadden is congratulated by Enda Kenny as the count gets under way in St Dominic’s GAA club in Keenagh, Co Longford, on Saturday. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Fine Gael’s Gabrielle McFadden comfortably held the Longford-Westmeath seat left vacant by the death of her sister Nicky this year.Her election was in(...)

  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(...)

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Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden won the Longford-Westmeath byelection early this morning after a marathon count.She was declared elected at St (...)

Labour Party deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  at the City West count centre for the local, European and byelection counts today. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government parties look set to suffer major losses in the local, European and byelections, as tallies and initial results suggest Sinn Féin, Indep(...)

Meath East Fine Gael TD, Helen McEntee, canvassing with Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael bye-election candidate, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, in Athlone Town Shopping Centre. 2:00

Mayor of Athlone and Westmeath county councillor Gabrielle McFadden is the favourite to win the Longford-Westmeath byelection.Sister of Nicky McFadde(...)