At the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow, yesterday were Minister Paschal Donohoe with fellow speakers Cllr Kate Feeney (left) and Heather Jones, associate professor of international history at the London School of Economics. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Patriotism has a role to play in helping people to cope in a globalised world, according to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe(...)

Young people aren’t apathetic , “they’re dismissive of the recycled establishment bull, just as much as all ages are” – 2010 protest by  Dublin Focus on Youth, a coalition of youth projects/services   to warn the Government against making any further cut to youth services. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Generation Apathy was the title of a talk about youngsters at the MacGill Summer School last week. Bearing in mind that few people outside the sphe(...)

Newly elected independent councillor Gary Gannon. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Broken promises such as the Government’s pre-general election pledge not to increase student charges have left young people shy about placing their fa(...)

Mary Hanafin celebrates her win with her mother Mona at  City West Hotel, Dublin last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has confirmed the party has dropped its threat of disciplinary action against her for contesting the local(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Kate Feeney has been elected  in the Blackrock ward.Photograph: DAVE MEEHANS 4:34

The counting of votes in the Dún Laoghaire ward of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been adjourned indefinitely.Labour requested that ballots(...)

Micheál Martin at the election count in Cork Cty Hall today. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has expressed satisfaction with the party’s performance in both local elections, where it looks set to increase its (...)

Former minister Mary Hanafin speaking to the media at the Dublin West byelection count at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: PA

Former minister Mary Hanafin has said she has faith in Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and believes he is “doing a tremendous job” even though he as(...)

Mary Hanafin being interviewed at the City West count centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times 4:34

Both former minister Mary Hanafin and party colleague Kate Feeney were elected in the Blackrock local electoral area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. (...)

Labour Party deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  at the City West count centre for the local, European and byelection counts today. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government parties look set to suffer major losses in the local, European and byelections, as tallies and initial results suggest Sinn Féin, Indep(...)

Mary Hanafin: said she was given “good reasons, good party reasons to run” and no good reasons for pulling out

Former minister for education Mary Hanafin says she will rely on her own network of supporters during her local election campaign, after Fianna Fái(...)