Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan at Trinity College yesterday for discussions with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shortly after 3.30pm yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a perfunctory statement. “The department can confirm,” it read, “that the conseque(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion in the groove with partner Eddie Wall during Strictly Let’s Dance Callan, which was held at the same time as the count for the Carlow/Kilkenny election seats. Funchion went on to take a Dáil seat but not the dance title. Photograph: Pat Moore

Some of the crowd at the count in Carlow-Kilkenny thought Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion was being a bit presumptuous when she sashayed into the Cillin(...)

Derek Nolan: The Labour Party candidate seen here at the Galway West count has few regrets, he says.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Early on Saturday morning it was clear that my Dáil career was over. I had known for years that the fight would be difficult but it became apparent in(...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

This is heart attack territory for broadcasters. Hours of reporting on nothing much. Hours of it.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Count day. Early morning. TV3’s Alan Cantwell: “We’re going to the Taoiseach’s constituency now... Morning Fergal. Any of the party hacks able to tell(...)

Newly elected TD for Dublin South-West Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The irish times

Independent Katherine Zappone was “unreservedly jubilant” after she was confirmed as elected in the Dublin South-West constituency on Monday night. T(...)

The seed of a narrative - that Gerry Adams is “not great on the sums” - had been sown in two media interviews last week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

As long as Gerry Adams remains leader of Sinn Féin, his past will haunt him, and act as a drag on his party’s fortunes. No, it’s not the past you are(...)

Royston Brady at the Tides hotel on Miami Beach in Florida. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Royston Brady, the former lord mayor of Dublin, arrives in his flash black Mustang GT convertible, wearing dark sunglasses. He is impeccably dressed. (...)

Green Party leader Eamonn Ryan with Cllr Ossian Smyth, both candidates in the general election, in Ringsend today at the launch of the Green’s housing policy. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The latest addition to a crowded political catwalk burst on the scene yesterday during a moody location shoot on a piece of derelict ground close to (...)