Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad. Ms Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, was elected to the Industrial (...)

Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

NUI Former minister for justice Michael McDowell was the first to be elected to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. He was elec(...)

A Prince fan carries her dog past a sea of purple balloons and flowers at a memorial wall outside the Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Prince’s sister is not “business savvy” enough to handle the rights to her brother’s vast music catalogue, his former manager has said, amid reports (...)

Trinity College Seanad candidate Sean Melly has written to the Taoiseach expressing his surprise and disappointment that Fine Gael “would attempt to politicise the Trinity College or National University of Ireland panels”.

Fine Gael has rejected claims that acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the party have undermined the integrity of the Upper House by asking members to vot(...)

Thomas Byrne: after losing his seat in 2011,  he spent five years in the Seanad, elected to the cultural and educational panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thomas Byrne (Fianna Fáil) returns to the Dáil for a second term after losing his seat in 2011. He spent five years in the Seanad, elected to the cult(...)

John Deasy
Profile: John Deasy (FG)

All eyes will be on long-time critic of the Taoiseah, John Deasy (48) when the Dail resumes on March 10th. Its first job will be to elect a new Ceann(...)

Seán Sherlock

Elected for the first time to the Dáil in 2007, Sean Sherlock (43) was in 2011 appointed a minister of state with responsibility for research and inn(...)

Candidate numbers are also concentrated in Dublin Bay North, which has been described as a “constituency of death” because of the competition. The ballot paper is likely to be about 45 cm (18 inches) long. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ballot papers handed to voters in Dublin Bay North are likely to be up to half a metre long because of the large number of candidates who have to (...)

Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

While the Taoiseach has yet to confirm it, polling day is widely expected to be Friday, February 26th. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

When asked in recent weeks whether he was looking forward to the election campaign, one of Enda Kenny’s stock responses has been: “I’m dying for road(...)