The election of Brian Hayes as an MEP has led to an autumn byelection in Dublin South West.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The reshuffled Government’s first electoral test is expected to come in the autumn in a number of byelections. Voters will be scheduled to go to the (...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

The Public Accounts Committee is seeking to compel former Rehab chief Angela Kerins  to come before it.

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins has threatened legal action against the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in advance of an anticipated rulin(...)

Sinn Féin has mopped up council places with young, articulate and well-educated candidates, consolidating existing Dáil seats and putting in place (...)

Gabrielle McFadden is congratulated by Enda Kenny as the count gets under way in St Dominic’s GAA club in Keenagh, Co Longford, on Saturday. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Fine Gael’s Gabrielle McFadden comfortably held the Longford-Westmeath seat left vacant by the death of her sister Nicky this year.Her election was in(...)

Meath East Fine Gael TD, Helen McEntee, canvassing with Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael bye-election candidate, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, in Athlone Town Shopping Centre. 2:00

Mayor of Athlone and Westmeath county councillor Gabrielle McFadden is the favourite to win the Longford-Westmeath byelection.Sister of Nicky McFadde(...)

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has said he is confident he will get more votes than Fianna Fáil and Green Party candidates in this Friday’s election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The European election campaign in Dublin is now centred on who will take the third seat, outgoing Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said today.Respondin(...)

 Micheál Martin laying a  wreath at the Fianna Fáil Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fianna Fáil leader has criticised the Irish and British governments for failing to use the close relations between the two co(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said: “No . . . I don’t want to comment too much on the article; it is an interesting article’’

Micheál Martin has made light of reports that Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness wants his job as Fianna Fáil leader. “There are many people with a(...)

 Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)