Michael Healy Rae (with his brother Danny, right):  says he did nothing “ethically or morally” wrong in purchasing a property at an Allsop auction last year. He had protested in 2013 at a sale of distressed properties by the British company.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has said he did nothing “ethically or morally” wrong in purchasing a property at an Allsop auction, having previousl(...)

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae celebrates on the shoulders of supporters including his  brother Michael who was re-elected earlier. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Fine Gael Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan has lost his Dáil seat in Kerry. Fianna Fáil’s John Brassil, Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin and Sinn Féin Ma(...)

The map issued indicating which Healy-Rae brother should receive their first or second preference vote in different parts of Kerry.

Brothers and Independent candidates for Kerry, Danny and Michael Healy-Rae, have distributed a map to constituents indicating which brother should re(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on the campaign trail in Killarney, Co Kerry, with one of the party’s candidates, Cllr Norma Foley. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The winter storms have taken their toll. Near Rosscahill on the Lakes of Killarney, half a dozen rowing boats have sunk in the water, only their prows(...)

Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

 Michael Healy Rae: “What I am saying to people in north Kerry is to give me a chance this time and judge me the next time.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

It’s a dreary cold February afternoon and Tralee is taciturn. With Christmas well gone and the summer tourists months away, you’d say might be the low(...)

With Danny Healy Rae focusing his efforts on this part of the county, the family political dynasty believes he might have an outside chance of springing a surprise. File photograph: PA Wire

The surprise addition of Danny Healy Rae to the ballot paper in Kerry has the potential to the change the complexion of the race - but his chances of (...)

Danny Healy-Rae is to run alongside his brother Michael in the upcoming general election. Photograph: PA Wire

With only a few minutes to go until the noon deadline for handing in nomination papers for the general election, Danny Healy-Rae arrived in the county(...)

Tom Fleming: he said he was “lagging behind a bit in the north end of the constituency”

Independent TD for Kerry South Tom Fleming has announced he is not contesting the election. Scartaglin-based Mr Fleming said the redrawing of the Kerr(...)

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(...)