Sinn Féin’s Cathal King: to contest Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: South Dublin County Council

Women’s groups have expressed disappointment in Sinn Féin for not selecting a female candidate for the Dublin South West byelection.The National Women(...)

Fine Gael Senator Cáei Keane, an experienced electoral campaigner, will no doubt be looking beyond the byelection to the next general election

The battle of the left looms in the Dublin South West byelection. Sinn Féin will go head to head with former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy, who will(...)

Former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy is to stand as a candidate in the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy is to stand as a candidate in the Dublin South West byelection.Mr Murphy, who replaced TD Joe Higgins in the pa(...)

The election of Brian Hayes as an MEP has led to an autumn byelection in Dublin South West.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The reshuffled Government’s first electoral test is expected to come in the autumn in a number of byelections. Voters will be scheduled to go to the (...)

Sinn Féin European election candidate for Dublin Lynn Boylan on the canvass with voter Jim O’Connor in Tallaght yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Who is Lynn Boylan/Ni Bhaoigheallain? She is the mystery woman who, in the short course of this European election campaign, has rocketed so far up the(...)

Labour TD John Lyons said it was time for Ireland to produce social legislation that other countries looked to rather than to follow others. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A TD has questioned why Ireland must always to look to other countries for best practice in legislation rather than being a leader and setting the leg(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore talks to the media after his meeting with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Ireland’s diplomatic corps has been an “essential part” of efforts to restore the State’s international reputation and economic recovery, the D(...)

Fine Gael has rejected the idea of a universal franchise for the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Allowing every citizen a vote in the Seanad elections would cost too much without a referendum, the Dáil has heard. Minister of State Fer(...)

  Paschal Donohoe:   The enthusiastic exponent of Europe sought to ensure he had the Opposition’s attention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

And now for something completely different . . . This is a whistleblower, GSOC, confidential recipient, Minister for Justice and Garda Commissi(...)

A file photograph of Afghanistan National Police officials seizing an opium poppy scoring tool from a farmer in a poppy field at Maranjan Village in Helmand province. Photograph:  Bay Osmoyo/AFP/Getty Images.

Warnings that Ireland faces another “wildfire spread” of heroin addiction similar to the 1980s have been raised following claims that the opium pop(...)