Jack Chambers, who was elected as a Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, has been attacked over his appearance and his views on abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Around the time of voting day in the general election, Jack Chambers did a strange thing. He stopped posting messages on Twitter and Facebook and swit(...)

 Lucinda Creighton at the election count in the RDS at the weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Seven official complaints have been made by members of the public about unsolicited calls, text messages or emails from election candidates. The Dat(...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It won’t go unnoticed amongst marriage equality campaigners that several candidates who were to the fore during last year’s referendum failed to get e(...)

Denis O’Brien arriving to give evidence in the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A politician calls to a door. “You shouldn’t have allowed Denis O’Brien to bid for Siteserv! ” declares the man of the house. “That would be illegal,(...)

Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton: insisted the party would continue in existence irrespective of whether or not it succeeded in winning any Dáil seat. Photograph: Eric Luke

General election 2016 was a good one for the Social Democrats and a terrible one for Renua, whose party leader Lucinda Creighton failed to retain her(...)

Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

“Democracy is always exciting but it is merciless when it clicks in” – Taoiseach Enda Kenny commenting on a difficult election for Fine Gael. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

“Democracy is always exciting but it is merciless when it clicks in.” – Taoiseach Enda Kenny commenting on a difficult election for Fine Gael. “I do(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Saturday evening. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A considerably reduced Fine Gael has taken a small lead over a resurgent Fianna Fáil and is likely to remain the largest party in the Dáil. With 10 o(...)