John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

Hayden Thorpe: a unique vocalist. Photograph: Patrick O’Leary

**** There is a line in Wild Beasts’ most recent single, (...)

Wild Beasts:  Chris Talbot, Tom Fleming, Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little

When does a band go from being “good” to being “important”? For Wild Beasts it happened around 2011, when their third album, (...)

Michael Noonan: said biggest payout by the department was €1.72 million to Arthur Cox. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Legal and consultancy firms were the largest beneficiaries of the €7.6 million paid out last year by the Government’s two public finance departments.N(...)

John O’Donoghue: former ceann comhairle also served as a minister in two Fianna Fáil governments. Photograph: David Sleator

Can Fianna Fáil’s John O’Donoghue be stopped by the party nationally from securing a nomination to contest the next general election in the new Kerry (...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan:  “We need new blood, but the door isn’t closed entirely.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Attempts by former senior Fianna Fáil office holders to return to elected office are expected to be firmly resisted by party headquarters.“We need can(...)

Tom Fleming, the Kerry South Independent TD, said, ‘It is very hard to comprehend how a modern civilised society can look at accounts rather than at individual people. There seems to be no discretion.’ Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

An Independent TD said yesterday it was “very hard to comprehend the insensitivity” with which ill people were being dealt with by the removal of thei(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)