Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: will confirm her intention not to contest the forthcoming party selection convention for the Dublin-Rathdown constituency today. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael veteran Olivia Mitchell is to announce her retirement from politics today. Ms Mitchell will confirm her intention not to contest the forthc(...)

“What’s wrong with taxing inherited wealth? It’s about the most progressive and least economically damaging kind of taxation there is.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto 2:36

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sick of hearing about “hard choices” from people with great salaries, ample expenses and luxurious pensions. So l(...)

Best hat winner Danielle Gingell, from Claremorris, Co Mayo; winner of the Kilkenny best dressed lady prize Alex Butler, from Midleton, Co Cork; and best Irish design winner Mary White, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, at Galway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:10

The Galway public may have recently voted in favour of marriage equality, but there were calls for another form of parity at Ballybrit. Laois-born Leo(...)

Alex Butler from Middleton,  Co Cork won the  Best Dressed Lady prize at the Galway Races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

East Cork native Alex Butler has won the Best Dressed Lady title at this year’s Galway Races at Ballybrit. Ms Butler from Ballyedmond, Midleton, won(...)

Senator Mary White called for an increase on the inheritance tax threshold. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were claims in the Seanad of “extreme communism” in a row over the inheritance tax threshold. Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White called for an inc(...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor won the Fine Gael selection convention in Dún Laoghaire: The party has now held 18 conventions and picked 11 female candidates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael strategists believe the party will have an election edge over Fianna Fáil because of greater progress in the selection of women candidates t(...)

Senator Averil Power claimed Fianna Fáil failed to launch a sufficiently strong canvass in support of the same-sex marriage referendum, and was critical of the party leadership before resigning last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to reshuffle some Seanad portfolios in the wake of the resignation of Senator Averil Power from the party. Senato(...)

Micheal Martin,  leader of Fianna Fáil, and Senator Averil Power in 2011, during a press conference on political reform. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

All of Fianna Fáil’s 21 TDs are male and not one of them lives in Dublin. The average age of 52 is hardly youthful. Only three of its TDs are in their(...)

 Senator Averil Power on the plinth outside Leinster House  yesterday after announcing her resignation from  Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Fianna Fáil empire struck back against Senator Averil Power’s audacious departure from the party, it had to be extremely careful about the op(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley, leader Micheal Martin and Senator Averil Power. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 4:08

Young, female and from Dublin: 36-year-old Averil Power represented pretty much everything that was missing from Fianna Fáil’s current Oireachtas team(...)