John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has clai(...)

A row has erupted about the commemoration, led by former mayor of Kerry Cllr Toiréasa Ferris, daughter of Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris, who was jailed for his role in the smuggling. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has warned it will push to erect a monument to the IRA’s foiled Marita Ann gun-smuggling operation if Kerry County Council backs a commemora(...)

A pair of seagulls brave Storm Desmond in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Conditions in Kerry are worsening as Storm Desmond sweeps across the country. The 64-bed Cuil Didin nursing home in Tralee, on the N70 Tralee to Cas(...)

Dr James Reilly, who was Minister for Health for more than three years, has made 315 representations since 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Minister for Health James Reilly have made more than 300 representations each on behalf of constituents in relation t(...)

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Labour candidate Máiría Cahill, Fianna Fáil candidate Dr Keith Swanick and Independent Jerry Beades.

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Máiría Cahill, who is the Labour Party nominee for the seat left vacant b(...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)