Number one: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates with supporters after his election to the European Parliament. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Protesters lined up at a European election ballot box, one roaring into it through a megaphone, another raising a fist, a third waving a placard with (...)

Election posters are still seen by many as the best form of campaigning. Photograph: David Sleator

“I’ve been studying the effectiveness of web campaigning in Ireland for quite a long time,” says Dr Matthew Wall, “and overall, posters are by far the(...)

Lucinda Creighton at the Reform Alliance conference at the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reform Alliance managed to attract a sizeable crowd to its first public meeting at the RDS over the weekend but the future of the movement remains(...)

Some 1350 people areattended  the Reform Alliance Group conference at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The formation of the Reform Alliance is not about the “perpetuation of party politics”, Lucinda Creighton said at the conclusion of the group’s first(...)

Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Reform Alliance has not discussed becoming a political party but hopes that ideas arising from its first conference can contribute to debates in t(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Everyone, it seems, wants the game rigged their way. Before Christmas, I attended a broadcasting-related conference at which, after a couple of presen(...)

The announcement in the Dáil on December 17th by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that the referendum on same-sex marriage will occur in 2015 will br(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin

Minister for Public Reform Brendan Howlin has strongly defended amendments to freedom of information legislation which will lead to increased fees for(...)

Sinn Féin spokesperson on finance Pearse Doherty  launched an attack on Fianna Fáil at a seminar of the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A public debate on the future of the Seanad, billed as the first between senior politicians during the current senate abolition referendum campaign, h(...)