Outgoing Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly: took third seat in Ireland South. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh.

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Fine Gael was last night celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory when sitting MEP Sean Kelly f(...)

Brian Crowley: “I wanted to go the last time for the presidency but I didn’t get that chance.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley and Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada were elected as MEPs for Ireland South yesterday. Mr Crowley exceeded the quota on the f(...)

Brian Crowley was  elected to Europe in Ireland South. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is tonight celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory after sitting MEP Sean Kelly from Kerry was joined on the victory pod(...)

While Fine Gael’s Simon Harris  in Wicklow came in late,  he is an energetic campaigner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

South is a behemoth of a constituency and another illustration of the ridiculous nature of Ireland’s European electoral areas. It takes in 10 counties(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at tyhe launch of  the party’s European Election manifesto, along with candidates (from left)  Thomas Byrne, (Midlands North West) Kieran Hartley, (South) Mary Fitzpatrick, (Dublin) and Pat “The Cope” Gallagher, (Midlands North West) in Dublin  on Wednesday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
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Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin has claimed a “definitive anti-Government swing” has taken hold ahead of elections next month as he seeks to rega(...)

 Fianna Fáil’s  Dublin candidate in the European elections Mary Fitzpatrick talks to  partty leader Micheal Martin   in  Dublin last week. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins 1:32

There may well be rumblings in Fianna Fáil about the party leadership but Mícheál Martin was having none of it today at launch of his European campaig(...)

The Government announced that an ambitious (and controversial) plan to export wind energy from the midlands to Britain has foundered. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

Two separate but connected events yesterday conspired to focus minds on an issue that has been comparatively neglected in recent times but shou(...)

The European Parliament: Given the size of Ireland’s three constituencies, with local loyalties inevitably influencing the vote in some cases, as well as the volatility of the electorate, predicting the outcome are hazardous. Photograph:  Reuters/Vincent Kessler

The selection at the weekend of Fianna Fáil’s two candidates for Midlands-North West in May’s European Parliament elections presents a clearer (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was addressing delegates at the party’s selection convention for the Ireland South European constituency

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told party members that Ireland needs the party “now more than ever”. Addressing delegates at the p(...)

 People taking part in the Solidarity Walk-Rebelling Against Pylons and Wind Turbines, at Vinegar Hill , Enniscorthy, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Heavy winds and inclement weather deterred all but the most determined protesters from marching up Vinegar Hill in Wexford yesterday to highlight thei(...)