Independent candidate Shane Ross celebrates being elected in the Dublin Rathdown constituency. He was the first TD elected in the State in the general election. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s Alan Shatter has lost his Dáil seat with the Green Party’s deputy leader Catherine Martin leapfrogging him on the last count to record a s(...)

Independent Peter Mathews and his brother Mark canvassing outside Dundrum Town Centre: “I’m not far-left, or far-right.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Peter Mathews is doing what he always does: talking and talking and barely drawing breath. He is railing against the European Central Bank, lashing o(...)

The doughty Mattie McGrath: Voted against the Orwellian titled Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

There are a lot of people still scratching their heads about who to vote for in the upcoming election. The old party loyalties have broken down to t(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Eric Luke

It’s vicious in Cork South-Central, where five high-profile sitting TDs are battling for one of four seats in this redrawn constituency. There’ll be b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

Simon Harris, Minister of the year: he’s been impressively combatant, competent and confident all year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Lovely Boy Competition: Micheál Martin The Fianna Fáil leader sashays away with our coveted tiara following a delightful performance in Cork last we(...)

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(...)

Backbenchers took noisy umbrage on Enda Kenny’s  behalf. Photograph: Eric Luke

Given that the Soldiers of Destiny were anchor tenants for three terms before the current occupants arrived, it cannot be said that Micheál Martin doe(...)