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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the  National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore stopped well short of saying Labour candidates should encourage their supporters to transfer votes to Fine Gael after Taoisea(...)

 Willie Penrose: “It is looking unlikely” that Labour will run a candidate in the Longford by-election. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour is now unlikely to run a candidate in the Longford-Westmeath by-election, a local party TD has said.Willie Penrose said Labour had hoped Conal (...)

Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Socialist Party. Photograph: Eric Luke

The political consensus has anointed Fingal Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Socialist Party as the favourite to take the Dublin West seat vacated when form(...)

Former Labour TD Patrick Nulty: Dublin West byelection follows his resignation. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has confirmed the byelections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath will take place on May 23rd, the date of the local and Eur(...)

The Dublin West byelection follows the resignation of Independent  TD Patrick Nulty.

The Government has moved the writs for the two byelections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath to take place on May 23rd, the same date as the local(...)

Nicky McFadden: Her sister Gabrielle said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death

The sister of the late Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden has said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death, increasing the like(...)

Brian Hayes (Fine Gael):  tipped to become an MEP for Dublin

The Government has decided to bring the Dáil back a week earlier from its Easter recess. (...)

Patrick Nulty: will scuttle off into that murky place in our consciousness reserved for public figures who once did something wrong, only no one can quite remember what. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Patrick Nulty’s behaviour – sending creepy Facebook messages to female constituents, including one of 17 – was sordid and wrong. Once it had be(...)

 Ruth Coppinger  during an anti-austerity protest: got 21.1%  of the vote at the 2011 byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Different rules apply to byelections. They can be a bit of a lottery, with voters giving gove(...)