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(...)

Averil Power concedes defeat in the Dublin Bay North count at general election 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has given his support to former Fianna Fáil, now Independent, Seantor Averil Power in the Seanad elections. Mr Varad(...)

Peter Burke:   his two sitting party colleagues, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden, lost out

Peter Burke emerged as a new Fine Gael TD in Longford-Westmeath while his two sitting colleagues, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden, lost their Dáil(...)

Willie Penrose with  Labour’s Joe Revington at the count centre in Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee

Willie Penrose has said that nobody should write off the Labour party after he retained his seat in Longford-Westmeath and ensured the party’s speakin(...)

James Bannon: Deeply hurt by a negative social media campaign against both Government TDs

Fine Gael’s James Bannon has had a tough election campaign. Good news about the success of the planning permission for a €233 million infrastructura(...)

James Bannon and Willie Penrose at the Longford-Westmeath election count in Kenagh, Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee.

Longford-Westmeath returning officer Imelda Brannigan has announced that the count is continuing, Speaking just after midnight, in the first update a(...)

Left to right: John Concannon, director of 1916 events; Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Centenary advisory group, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Raghnall Ó Floinn, director of the National Museum of Ireland, at the launch of the National Museum of Ireland’s Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition which open to the public March 3rd. Admission is free. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said water charges administered by a single national utility are a fundamental issue for Fine Gael during negotiations on for(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

Fine Gael’s James Bannon: Accused of tampering with Sinn Féin candidate Paul Hogan’s election material

A Sinn Féin general election candidate has made an official complaint to gardaí alleging a Fine Gael TD tampered with his election material. Paul Hog(...)

Dirty tricks targeting electoral opponents and their posters are nothing new, but some candidates believe they have become more prevalent and that the(...)