Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht: “The evolution of public assemblies through representative government to modern democracy in Ireland is a worthy topic for discussion.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The decision to have a series of Seanad statements on the 750th anniversary of the first known Irish parliament was criticised in the House yesterday(...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Marian Harkin MEP at the count centre for the European elections in the Castlebar. Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

One of the last of 751 seats in the new European Parliament still hung in the balance tonight, as over 660,000 votes in the Midlands-North West consti(...)

Maireád McGuinness is congratulated by supporters after she took the second seat in the European Parliament for Midlands North-West. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

A full recheck of the count in the European Parliament election for Midlands North West has been announced after a dramatic eighth count after which o(...)

 Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates his victory in the European elections at the count centre in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Counting of European election votes was continuing last night in the Midlands North West constituency where Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitri(...)

The battle for the final seat in the Midlands North West constituency is set to go down to the wire tonight after a huge transfer from Fianna Fáil run(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan at the local and European elections count in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan 2:17

Ming, the main man, turned up early in a smart, green ensemble. “It’s the hemp suit . . . He usually wears it to weddings,” said his brother-in-law Ji(...)

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(...)