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(...)

Anne Doyle and her partner Dan McGrattan at a  funeral last year. Ms Doyle retired from RTÉ almost two years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former newscaster Anne Doyle has spurned an approach from Fianna Fáil to contest the European elections next year. Ms Doyle, who retired from RTÉ almo(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin wants to run but the party hierarchy is not convinced

Government and Opposition MEPs may see their seats come under threat next year after a recasting of European constituencies. This is the backdrop agai(...)

Enda Kenny will certainly lead his party into the next general election. Photograph: Alan Betson

At their parliamentary party “think-ins” over the next two weeks, TDs and Senators are likely to get briefings from party strategist about preparation(...)