Newly elected Independent TD Catherine Connolly, a committed cyclist, leaving the Galway West count centre last weekend. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Máire Geoghegan-Quinn became the first woman to hold a Cabinet post since 1922, this newspaper recorded that the “tiresome comparisons with Count(...)

Independent Alliance candiate Seán Canney who has topped the poll in Galway East. Photograph: Dan Griffin.

Independent TD Seán Canney topped the poll in Galway East and will enter the Dáil with Fianna Fáil newcomer Anne Rabbitte and incumbent Fine Gael TD C(...)

Most of our partners in the European Union succumbed to strong men of the right or the dictatorship of the proletariat at some stage over the past century. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images.

The drama surrounding the counting of votes today in 40 constituencies around the State is a testament to the endurance of Irish democracy for almost (...)

Poll position: election posters outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The election campaign got off to an undignified start on Wednesday with Taoiseach Enda Kenny rushing in and out of the Dáil before a bemused Leas Cean(...)

Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald:  “There are 68,000 people waiting for inpatient treatment . . . well done!’’  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A bruising election campaign is in full swing despite the consensus that polling day will not be until late February, probably Friday the 26th. This (...)

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A Minister of State ended up effectively talking to herself in the Dáil yesterday. Ann Phelan was front and centre stage in the House with not a sin(...)

Speaking afterwards about his absence during the committee stage debate, Niall Collins said he had been there for the entire second stage debate and made a contribution outlining the party’s position in full. Photograph: The Irish Times

A Minister of State was the only TD present in the Dáil chamber for the final stages of debate on Monday on legislation to complete the closure of St (...)

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy: “It is a challenge and an opportunity for all of us to do what is right,’’ he told Dáil

Climate change is very much on the agenda for the election. Indeed the threat to voters is so great that a political public health warning may be re(...)

 Tanaiste Joan Burton: claimed Fianna Fáil was ‘not in the game at all’ when it came to the election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were sharp exchanges in the Dáil in a row over mortgage interest rates when Tánaiste Joan Burton told Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen he should “shut (...)