Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Colum Eastwood: “But our voice is back, and is getting stronger by the day. The SDLP is back in the conversation”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he will take his party into opposition after the Assembly election in the North unless key infrastructure and educati(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan. “She sent a very clear message that we cannot leave any stone unturned and to get the maximise vote for Fianna Fáil”

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan has launched Pat “the Cope” Gallagher’s election campaign. Ms Coughlan, who lost her seat in the 2011 general election,(...)

UFC champion Conor McGregor at a weigh-in in Dublin. File photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

A petition to get the face of UFC champion Conor McGregor minted on a €1 coin has been knocked out. At a meeting on Wednesday an Oireachtas committee(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “Do I think judges can’t make mistakes? No I don’t.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has declined to say whether he agrees with his party leader’s comments on Thomas “Slab” Murphy being(...)

Criminal cases have been dismissed by the courts because of a four-year backlog in analysing computers and other technology seized by gardaí, the Garda Inspectorate has said. Photograph: Getty Images

Serious criminal cases have been dismissed by the courts because of a four-year backlog in analysing computers and other technology seized by gardaí, (...)

Independent TD Peter Mathews: feeling the pain of the Dáil sole trader. Photograph: David Sleator

In an unprecedented development yesterday, Peter Mathews was not thrown out of the Dáil. Shocked TDs watched in disbelief as the deputy for Dublin So(...)

Gerry Adams: repeatedly refused to rule out a coalition with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is more likely to enter coalition with Labour than Fianna Fáil after the general election, Sinn Féin TDs have said, insisting that they wou(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has said it does not accept the findings of two reports published this week on republican and loyalist paramilitary groups. A British govern(...)