Last year’s winner, Britain’s Chris Froome (left), and Spain’s Alberto Contador in action during the ninth stage – between Saint-Girons and Bagnères-de-Bigorre – of last year’s Tour de France. The pair lock horns again in what promises to be one of the closest contests since Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images

The debates are raging. Chris Froome will win because he dominated last year’s race, and because he won the Tours of Oman and Romandie this year. No, (...)

An undated handout photo issued by Trinity College Dublin of a male Wakatobi Flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) that was caught on Tomia Island by Trinity College Dublin zoologists in the biodiversity hotspot of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin/PA Wire.

A new species of a tiny, colourful bird has been found by Irish scientists in a small island chain in the tropics.Zoologists from Trinity College Dubl(...)

Outgoing Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly: took third seat in Ireland South. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh.

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Fine Gael was last night celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory when sitting MEP Sean Kelly f(...)

Brian Crowley: “I wanted to go the last time for the presidency but I didn’t get that chance.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley and Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada were elected as MEPs for Ireland South yesterday. Mr Crowley exceeded the quota on the f(...)

Brian Crowley was  elected to Europe in Ireland South. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is tonight celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory after sitting MEP Sean Kelly from Kerry was joined on the victory pod(...)

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan arrives in the RDS where she topped the poll. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 1:20

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has failed to secure a seat in the Dublin European constituency following a recount which saw Independent Nessa Childers(...)

Left to right:  Edward Gill from Tipperary and Killian O’Donnell from Clare speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Brian Hayes canvassing commuters for at the Luas Terminal on St Stephens Green in Dublin recently. Photograph: Collins

A preliminary reading of data from the three European constituencies confirms Sinn Féin’s forceful advance and Labour’s collapse. But that’s only part(...)

Sinn Féin is expected to take a seat with the Labour Party likely to hold their existing one.

With the final tally in Gorey District completed, Fianna Fáil are looking at an increase of two seats. The have rebounded back from just single seat i(...)

Deirdre Clune with then president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision.

After numerous fights between the three Fine Gael candidates in the Ireland South European constituency, Deirdre Clune broke the party campaign rules(...)

Patrick Bevin, New Zealand National Team, crosses the line ahead of Marcin Bialoblocki, Velosure Giordana. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy

For those rivals who hoped that Patrick Bevin’s early leadership of the An Post Rás would lead to cracks in his defence later on, there was first hop(...)