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(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs and outgoing Labour leader Eamon Gilmore arrives for a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers at the EU Headquarters in Luxembourg last week. Photograph: EPA

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has forcefully outlined Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s credentials for the post of European Commissioner and (...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Marian Harkin MEP at the count centre for the European elections in the Castlebar. Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

One of the last of 751 seats in the new European Parliament still hung in the balance tonight, as over 660,000 votes in the Midlands-North West consti(...)

Maireád McGuinness is congratulated by supporters after she took the second seat in the European Parliament for Midlands North-West. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

A full recheck of the count in the European Parliament election for Midlands North West has been announced after a dramatic eighth count after which o(...)

 Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates his victory in the European elections at the count centre in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Counting of European election votes was continuing last night in the Midlands North West constituency where Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitri(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: his position is secure and he is likely to stay on as party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

A decade ago, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked about the likelihood of Fianna Fáil going into a coalition with Sinn Féin. Surprisingly, he did no(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the Dublin city count and European count, at the RDS in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has rejected Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim that the anti-government vote in both the local and European election was bo(...)