Brian Hayes of Fine Gael at the RDS count yesterday morning. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Anybody who doubts the capacity of politics to surprise should have gone to the RDS in the early hours of this morning. What looked like a relatively (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Set to lead party into the next general election

It happened almost by stealth, but Fianna Fáil is arguably the biggest winner in the local elections. The party has made the biggest gains since the 2(...)

Fianna Fáil European candidate Mary Fitzpatrick speaks to reporters as counting begins in  count centre at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: PA

With over 600 of the 949 city and council seats filled, there have been some dramatic trends emerging on the second day of the count.Perhaps the most (...)

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan arrives in the RDS where she topped the poll. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 1:20

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has failed to secure a seat in the Dublin European constituency following a recount which saw Independent Nessa Childers(...)

Micheál Martin at the election count in Cork Cty Hall today. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has expressed satisfaction with the party’s performance in both local elections, where it looks set to increase its (...)

Left to right:  Edward Gill from Tipperary and Killian O’Donnell from Clare speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Brian Hayes canvassing commuters for at the Luas Terminal on St Stephens Green in Dublin recently. Photograph: Collins

A preliminary reading of data from the three European constituencies confirms Sinn Féin’s forceful advance and Labour’s collapse. But that’s only part(...)

Labour Party deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  at the City West count centre for the local, European and byelection counts today. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government parties look set to suffer major losses in the local, European and byelections, as tallies and initial results suggest Sinn Féin, Indep(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick: her camp is denying she had any involvement in a leaflet that was distributed in the Cabra, Navan Road and Phibsborough area of Dublin to promote one candidate. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil’s Dublin European election candidate Mary Fitzpatrick has found herself at the centre of an internal row over her alleged endorsement of o(...)

Harry McGee with the Fianna Fáil leader in Dundrum shopping centre yesterday. Photograph: Darragh Bambrick 3:16

The role of Dublin shopping centres in recent election campaigns is almost worth a minor thesis. Blanchardstown has been a favourite haunt of Fine Gae(...)

Sinn Féin European election candidate in Dublin  Lynn Boylan, who looks set to take a seat. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin is the only one of the the three European constituencies that has any sense of geographical coherence. It’s a three-seater and may very well re(...)