Newly Elected TDs Gino Kenny (left) and Brid Smith (centre) with Richard Boyd Barrett ahead of the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Maria Bailey, Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire: “It is surreal and extremely humbling to be here. I still can’t really believe it but it feels like a h(...)

Jack Chambers, who was elected as a Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, has been attacked over his appearance and his views on abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Around the time of voting day in the general election, Jack Chambers did a strange thing. He stopped posting messages on Twitter and Facebook and swit(...)

Newly elected Independent TD Catherine Connolly, a committed cyclist, leaving the Galway West count centre last weekend. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Máire Geoghegan-Quinn became the first woman to hold a Cabinet post since 1922, this newspaper recorded that the “tiresome comparisons with Count(...)

Newly elected FF TD Jack Chambers: “Fundamental policy differences” between the parties have only widened during the election. Photograph: Alan Betson

It all seemed so much easier in the good old days, said comedian Gráinne McGuire last weekend. “Just vote against whatever side might have tried to k(...)

A Labour supporter keeps an eye on the Dublin Bay North recount. Some would argue that Labour is no longer even a “left” party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Much has been made since the weekend of the so-called seismic shift in Irish politics that took place at this election. “People have voted for a fai(...)

Watched by Labour Party leader Joan Burton, the new Dáil’s youngest TD, Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers (25), makes his acceptance speech after being elected for the Dublin West constituency. Photograph: Alan Betson

25: There will be a number of young TDs taking seats in Leinster House for the new Dáil, and Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers claims the honour of being th(...)

Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland’s training session on Ireland’s political system for new voters held in Dublin last month. Photograph: Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Election candidates are failing to reach out to migrants and address issues of integration in an increasingly diverse state, an umbrella body for migr(...)

The location of the Spar shop in Carpenterstown west Dublin where the robbery took place.

Gardaí have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery Minister for Health Leo Varadkar came up on while canvassing in west Dublin(...)