Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)

Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An acquaintance burrowed into the GAA deeper than an All-Ireland winning tick assures me a prominent player will soon be revealed as a Dail election c(...)

Full list of candidates South Dublin County Council could be facing a quandary in the aftermath of tomorrow’s elections: how to elect a mayor? (...)

 Ruth Coppinger  during an anti-austerity protest: got 21.1%  of the vote at the 2011 byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to byelections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with voters giving gove(...)

Cllr Ruth Coppinger (right)  will expect to be in the running for the vacated seat. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to by-elections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with votes giving governments mid-term kicks or giving a chance to a qui(...)

 Michael Carruth leaving court  after the opening day of the  High Court action taken by Trinity Boys Boxing Club. Photograph:  Collins

A boxing club wants the High Court to rule it is entitled to continue operating in its Dublin premises for a minimum of five years. Trini(...)

Not only should hurling retain red and yellow cards, it should also adopt the black variety. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cynicism is unattractive. The cynic never gets the girl; unless it’s Humphrey Bogart who’s concealing sentimentality beneath thin-skinned irasc(...)

Kenneth Egan is welcomed outside Government Buildings by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. Fine Gael beat Fianna Fáil to the punch in signing Olympic medallist Egan..
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IN the shadowy world of compromised telephony, eternal vigilance is the watchword. The need for secure lines of communication has always(...)

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan, with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald.  Egan revealed that Fitzgerald told him he didn’t “really need to know about politics” to run for election. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As the presenter who pitches himself as possessing a direct line to the plain people of Ireland, Joe Duffy is in predictably high dudgeon on We(...)

In 2009  RTE’s George Lee was chosen as a Fine Gael  candidate for the Dáil and won the contest by a landslide.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a political party, a celebrity candidate is to an upcoming election, what a flake is to a ‘99 ice cream. You don’t really really need it but, boy,(...)