There have been  mutterings about a challenge to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin should the party not win the Carlow Kilkenny byelection. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

From the moment this byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny was announced, it was described as “Bobby Aylward’s to lose”. For the Fianna Fáil candidate it was (...)

One online campaign during the Same-sex Marriage Referendum in Ireland build-up was the #hometovote phenomenon, which had huge purchase with emigrants. In its own way, this imaginative innovation was the perfect illustration of the way in which the Yes campaign had captured public imagination and popular support. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

This has been the moment where the social media phenomenon has come into its own in an Irish electoral contest. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, W(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:   Micheál Martin said:  “It’s time for Gerry Adams to own up and come clean on the scale of cover-ups and kangaroo courts.”    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The independent review into how sex-abuse cases had been prosecuted in the North of Ireland has raised serious questions for Gerry Adams and the Sinn(...)

Evidence suggests that, for the first time in an Irish poll, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been as influential in the referendum campaign as traditional media.   Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media has played a significant role in shaping the debate and mobilising voters in the same-sex marriage referendum, according to preliminary (...)

Voters voting in the marriage referendum and the Age of Presidential Candidates referendum at St. Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Follow the referendums and byelection counts on irishtimes.com on Saturday, where our journalists will be bringing you the latest news and analysis(...)

Alan Shatter: “The High Court decision was delivered today and I wish to read the judgment and reflect upon it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has said he will “reflect” on a High Court ruling which dismissed his challenge of the Guerin report. The Co(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  “I just do not see the space for an election.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will run its full five-year term and not call an early general election in November this year, Tánaiste Joan Burton has said. Ms Burto(...)

Labour Minister Alex White, Senator Ivana Bacik and Cllr Duncan Smith promote their #MakeItHappen campaign for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill. 1:23

The Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum has urged a big “get out the vote” drive in the last three days of the campaign in light of the gap (...)

Canvassing for a No vote in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum were  Moira Morrissey (left) and Eileen Barry  in Ballycahill, Tipperary.  Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times 7:01

There has not been a single viewing of a No bus crisscrossing the country. You don’t see any No or “Níl” badges adorning lapels, or swathes of enthusi(...)

Séamus Carey and Regina Bushell from Westmeath, canvassing for Yes Equality,   speaking to  Jennifer O’Meara  from Athlone. Photograph: James Flynn/APX 8:27

By coincidence, just as the same-sex marriage referendum campaign was getting under way, a remarkable podcast appeared on This American Life, a cel(...)