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(...)

European Parliament: our MEPs face a conundrum that lies at the heart of the system – the less visible one is at home, the less likely one is to be re-elected

Six months on from the European elections, figures from VoteWatch Europe present an interesting snapshot into the activities of Ireland’s 11 MEPs. Ire(...)

 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 (...)

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

A rally outside the Dáil  protests about the proposed  changes to the Leader scheme, centralising control of rural development in new local government structures. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 people from across the State protested outside Leinster House today at plans to change the way a key rural development fund is managed.(...)

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(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has failed in her bid to form a political group in the European Parliament, having been unable to gain the requ(...)

The underground option will be analysed by EirGrid on grounds including engineering, design, environment and cost. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The only thing that can be said with certainty about EirGrid’s two plans to develop high-capacity power connections to the Republic’s west, south and (...)

Europe candidate Marian Harkin celebrates after taking the fourth and final seat in the North West Midlands Constituency. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

Marathon counts are a staple of Irish elections. The complex process of multiple counts, elimination of candidates and distribution of surpluses deman(...)