“I already do bootcamp twice a week,” says Senator Averil Power, “but I don’t think this is quite the same thing.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Once upon a time just about the only qualification you needed to become an election candidate was a surname that approximated with the outgoing TD (if(...)

Some of the election posters that remain up in Dublin this morning. Clockwise from top left, Nessa Childers, Eamon Ryan, Deirdre Kingston and Lola Hynes.  Photographs: Kitty Holland

Almost all political parties, and some Independents, still had election posters up across parts of Dublin city this morning, despite the passing of a (...)

Mary Hanafin: will seek party’s nomination in Dún Laoghaire at next general election. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Senior Fianna Fáil figures have sharply criticised former minster for education Mary Hanafin for describing the party’s(...)

ál Martin: allies say his support for the fiscal treaty was astute, likewise the decision not to contest the presidential election. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil’s ardfheis opens tonight in Dublin, the second since the party’s abject defeat in the 2011 election. The gathering comes amid resur(...)