The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

Labour Party deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  at the City West count centre for the local, European and byelection counts today. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government parties look set to suffer major losses in the local, European and byelections, as tallies and initial results suggest Sinn Féin, Indep(...)

 Sinn Féin’s   European election candidates Lynn Boylan (left) and Martina Anderson at the launch of Sinn Fein’s European election manifesto Dublin yesterday.  Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Anybody who witnessed the first TV3 debate on the European elections with Midland North West candidates last night would know first-hand how chaos the(...)

Fine Gael’s Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes said last night there was a need for a new direction in the wake of the financial crisis to which Europe had been too slow to respond. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Eight of Dublin’s European election candidates have committed themselves to a five part pledge dealing with a range of issues including child poverty,(...)

 Sinn Féin spokesman on social protection, Aengus O’ Snodaigh TD at Leinster House

If they didn’t know it already the challenge facing the Coalition parties in next month’s European and local elections is illustrated in the la(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney he compared the situation to ’Irish citizens that are resident aboard that don’t pay tax here’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there was “nothing surprising” about figures which show that Apple paid corporation tax to Irish au(...)

Barbara Nolan, head of the European Commission’s representation in Ireland, said it was actively supporting efforts to encourage more Irish women to become active in politics. Photograph: David Sleator.

Women for Election, a non-partisan group promoting gender equality in politics, brought i(...)

The Grid Link project, a €500 million scheme that will create a high voltage link between Leinster and Munster carried on overhead lines involving an estimated 750 pylons. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The number of submissions received by Eirgrid over its plans to install a network of large pylons across the country had run into thousands by the tim(...)

Labour and Fine Gael Ministers  receive their seals of office at Arás an Uachtaráin in March 2011. A long-time Labour councillor Seán O’Grady has quit the party and accused it of pursuing “right wing policies” in Government.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

A Kerry-based Labour councillor has resigned from the party, saying he can no longer stomach the party’s propping up of “the most right wing” Governme(...)

Nessa Childers with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore at the Ireland East count in Punchestown, Co Kildare, in June 2009.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a Sunday in early June 2009, I was chatting off-air to a leading Labour Party figure in RTÉ during European election result programmes. I wo(...)