“This is not, nor ever was, an issue between the settled community and Travellers” – former Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Former Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins has said that individuals need “absolute powers” to protect their property from intruders.Mr Higgins also said he st(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: time is of the essence. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The bookshelves of Jimmy Deenihan’s new office in the Department of the Taoiseach are still empty, but on the desk of the country’s first Minister of (...)

Nessa Childers, whose resignation from Labour left her position in the S&D group untenable last year, has rejoined the fold. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As they took their seats in the European Parliament this week, the 751 MEPs elected in the 2014 elections had reasons to feel optimistic. After five y(...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

 Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates his victory in the European elections at the count centre in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Counting of European election votes was continuing last night in the Midlands North West constituency where Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitri(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan at the count centre for the European elections in Castlebar, Co Mayo, yesterday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

It was Mingdependence Day. Around lunchtime, he came up to the press gallery, the better to admire his “stash” piled behind the stage. Stash? “Ah yeah(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan at the local and European elections count in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan 2:17

Ming, the main man, turned up early in a smart, green ensemble. “It’s the hemp suit . . . He usually wears it to weddings,” said his brother-in-law Ji(...)

Owen Bannigan of Fine Gael collapsed and died from a massive heart attack while canvassing.

Count staff and local election pundits breathed a sight of relief today as a recheck was due to begin on hundreds of of ballot papers at the Co Monagh(...)

Sinn Féin European Election candidate Lynn Boylan  has claimed 24 per cent of the Dublin vote according to an exit poll. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan looks set to claim a European election seat in Dublin with an a combination of tallies and exit polls showing she is in a stro(...)

Jim Higgins: gave files from whistleblowers to Garda.

Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins has presented files alleging Garda malpractice from two new whistleblowers to the Department of Justice. Mr Higgins, who is (...)