Finian McGrath TD says that the major political parties needed to ‘get over themselves’ and ‘respect the mandate of the people in all elections’. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The main political parties are suffering from “intellectual and political snobbery” in its refusal to talk to Independents, says Independent Alliance (...)

While politicians are busy trying to convince voters that they have the solution to the housing shortage, they seem to have forgotten our planning sys(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

 Paul Gogarty: he said he and his colleagues were trying to prevent over-development in the area. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Builder New Generation Homes is set to clash with county councillors who are bidding to have a site that it has already earmarked for housing rezoned (...)

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has said Sinn Féin would need to undergo a “Pauline conversion to democracy” before his group could support(...)

Homeowners in south Dublin have escaped a rise in their Local Property Tax  bill for next year. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Homeowners in south Dublin have escaped a rise in their Local Property Tax (LPT) bill for next year after councillors voted to retain the discounted r(...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD at a special ceremony to mark the commencement of construction at Adamstown in west  Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Plans to kickstart the stalled construction of the west Dublin suburb of Adamstown have been approved by An Bord Pleanála. However, the board has blo(...)

People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, at the weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke

South Dublin County Council has condemned the “excessive police presence” at the anti-water charges protest in Dublin city centre over the weekend.The(...)

There was only one dissenting opinion from Independent councillor Paul Gogarty, who voted against it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

South Dublin County Council has voted to reduce next year’s local property tax by 15 per cent. Councillors voted 36 to one to cut the tax at a meetin(...)