Simon Harris: “It would be foolhardy to put together a strategy that didn’t seek to build on the knowledge of the industry.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Harris is a minister in a hurry. With about 76 weeks in office before the next general election, the recently-appointed Minister of State at the(...)

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(...)

Left to right:  Edward Gill from Tipperary and Killian O’Donnell from Clare speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Brian Hayes canvassing commuters for at the Luas Terminal on St Stephens Green in Dublin recently. Photograph: Collins

A preliminary reading of data from the three European constituencies confirms Sinn Féin’s forceful advance and Labour’s collapse. But that’s only part(...)

Sinn Féin European election candidate in Dublin  Lynn Boylan, who looks set to take a seat. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin is the only one of the the three European constituencies that has any sense of geographical coherence. It’s a three-seater and may very well re(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Launch of Fine Gael’s European Election Campaign in the College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin today with (from left) Simon Harris TD, Senator Deirdre Clune, Seán Kelly MEP, Brian Hayes TD, Jim Higgins MEP (front) and Mairéad McGuiness MEP. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said next month’s European elections were the most important for 40 years when he urged voters today to take account of Fi(...)

Micheál Martin  with (from left) Seán Fleming TD, Margaret Conlon, Monaghan candidate, Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, Dublin European candidate Kate Feeney and Frank Kennedy, candidates for Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was hard to get any sense at this weekend’s Fianna Fáil’s ardfheis that this is the same party that led the country to the precipice, that g(...)

Delegates in Killarney at the 75th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

George Santayana’s famous line that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it is often quoted with approval by politicians (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes who is to contest the Dublin constituency in the European elections for Fine Gael.

Minister of State for Finance Brian Hayes has declared his candidacy to contest the Dublin seat for Fine Gael in the European election in May.At Leins(...)

Labour’s Pat Rabbitte canvassing in a Dublin shoe shop during the 2011 general election. A  9 per cent support level in Dublin would see Labour’s seat tally tumble into low single figures in the next general election. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin is an electoral roulette wheel. Nowhere else in the country can a party’s fortunes vary so dramatically. A bonanza of seats in one election can(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Brian Hayes has refused to be drawn on speculation that he will contest the 2014 European elections for Fine Gael in the Dublin cons(...)