Joan Burton TD, MEP candidate Lorraine Higgins,  Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Emer Costello MEP and Phil Prendergast MEP at the launch of the Labour European and local election manifestos at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast has said she stands by her calls for Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to resign as Labour leader, but says she will not work (...)

Labour party European election candidates Emer Costello,  Phil Prendergast and Lorraine Higgins today at the launch of the party’s Local and European election campaign at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, the Labour director of elections, and  Tánaiste and party leader  Eamon Gilmore.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has insisted his leadership of the Labour Party is not on the line in the local and European elections next month. At a rally t(...)

Minister of State Sean  Sherlock said he found it difficult to take Phil Prendergast’s European candidacy seriously after she called on Eamon  Gilmore to resign as Labour party leader four weeks out from the election. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister of State Sean Sherlock today criticised Ireland South Labour MEP Phil Prendergast for her call on Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore to resign(...)

Phil Prendergast: “I just felt ill afterwards.”

Labour Ireland South Euro candidate and sitting MEP Phil Prendergast yesterday spoke of her upset and disgust after a member of the public approach(...)

Phil Prendergast is Labour’s  outgoing MEP for the Ireland South constituency

The principles of tolerance, freedom and human rights must be Ireland’s “calling cards” abroad, Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore insist(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Anti austerity campaigners plan to picket University College Cork this afternoon in protest over the university’s decision to award an honorary(...)

Former IFA president John Bryan is thought to be keen to split the Ireland South constituency with sitting MEP Seán Kelly if he runs for Fine Gael. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Tense battles are looming between potential candidates in Fine Gael and Labour for their respective European election tickets in the enlarged South co(...)

Labour MEP Phil Prendergast accused Independent MEP Nessa Childers of being a “political pirate” in a row between the two former colleagues over membership of the socialist group in parliament.

Independent MEP Nessa Childers has been accused by Labour MEP Phil Prendergast of being a “political pirate” in a row between the two former colleague(...)

The European Parliament in Brussels: Ireland’s 12 MEPs had on average an 83 per cent attendance rate at European Parliament plenary sessions, a drop of 2 per cent from 2011, which places Ireland 19th out of the 27 EU countries, a report by the European Movement Ireland shows.

Irish MEPs attended the European Parliament on average less last year than they did in 2011, made far fewer speeches and submi(...)