Luke “Ming” Flanagan:  had a voting rate of 16 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley have the worst voting record among Irish MEPs at the European Parliament, new figures show. Da(...)

Former Socialist Party MEP and Dublin South-West byelection candidate Paul Murphy has accused Sinn Féin of an “incredibly dirty trick” over a Facebook posting which he claims was written under his name but did not come from him. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Dublin South West byelection candidate Paul Murphy has accused Sinn Féin of being behind a “dirty tricks” campaign over a “fake” Facebook posting whic(...)

Joan Burton: said she had a list of 10 Sinn Féin members who had been appointed

Labour and Sinn Féin have become embroiled in a row over political patronage in appointments to State boards. Tánaiste Joan Burton claimed yesterday (...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

 Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Candidates in the European elections last May spent almost €3 million in their campaigns, according to a report published by the Standards in Public (...)

Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy: to chair   mother-and-baby home commission of inquiry

MEPs will be lobbied tomorrow in Brussels by groups seeking support for a broader remit in terms of reference for the mother-and-baby home commission(...)

Sinn Féin’s Cathal King: to contest Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: South Dublin County Council

Women’s groups have expressed disappointment in Sinn Féin for not selecting a female candidate for the Dublin South West byelection.The National Women(...)

Voting at the ECB

The European Central Bank (ECB), and its governing council, which sets interest rates and decides monetary policy, will in 2015 adopt different voting(...)

  A sister of jailed Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa is  asking the Irish Government to demand the immediate release of her brother who has been in jail in Cairo since last August. 
Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A sister of jailed Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa will meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan this evening. Khadija Halawa and her (...)

 Richard Boyd Barrett: “Israel is a terrorist state. The people of Gaza are victims of a terrorist state.” Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

About 3,000 people protested in Dublin at the weekend against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, as demonstrations also took place in Cork, Limerick, Galw(...)