Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

With Danny Healy Rae focusing his efforts on this part of the county, the family political dynasty believes he might have an outside chance of springing a surprise. File photograph: PA Wire

The surprise addition of Danny Healy Rae to the ballot paper in Kerry has the potential to the change the complexion of the race - but his chances of (...)

Danny Healy-Rae is to run alongside his brother Michael in the upcoming general election. Photograph: PA Wire

With only a few minutes to go until the noon deadline for handing in nomination papers for the general election, Danny Healy-Rae arrived in the county(...)

Tom Fleming: he said he was “lagging behind a bit in the north end of the constituency”

Independent TD for Kerry South Tom Fleming has announced he is not contesting the election. Scartaglin-based Mr Fleming said the redrawing of the Kerr(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

County council chairman John Brassil is based in the north of the constituency, while Norma Moriarty is based in the south. Photograph: David Sleator

Fianna Fáil is expected to add a second candidate to contest the new Kerry five- seat constituency, following the selection of county council chairman(...)

John Brassil: Cllr Brassil is a qualified engineer has been a councillor since 1999. Photograph: The Irish Times

The current Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, John Brassil, has been selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate in the next general election in what w(...)

John O’Donoghue: his decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election clears the way for the  party to run two candidates. Photograph: David Sleator

Former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election has cleared the way for the party(...)

 Former ceann comhairle and TD for Kerry South John O’Donoghue will not seek nomination to run for Fianna Fáil in the next election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times/File photo

The former ceann comhairle and TD for Kerry South, John O’Donoghue, will not be seeking the nomination to run for Fianna Fáil in the next general elec(...)

Dingle Peninsula: Locals disapprove of An Taisce requesting a review of plans for an upgrade to the N86 road. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 700 people marched in Dingle, Co Kerry, on Saturday to show their disapproval for plans by An Taisce to seek a judicial review of a €65 million u(...)