Fine Gael headquarter’s choice, barrister JP Browne.

It’s a nightmare scenario for some candidates, opportunity for others and one that’s been replicated in all parties and constituencies prior to next w(...)

Fingal County Council’s meeting in Swords, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

There were more obstacles put in the path of Dublin having a directly elected mayor than there are in the Grand National, so it was not surpris(...)

Fingal has voted against the proposal to hold a public vote on setting up a directly elected mayor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 2:26

Fingal county councillors have blocked Dubliners from voting next May on whether to have a directly elected mayor for the capital. Just s(...)

A file picture of councillor Ruth Coppinger. She has said the  Socialist Party did not want to block Dubliners from voting. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Fianna Fáil group vote to allow Dubliners to decide whether they want a directly elected mayor could push the prospect through Fingal County Coun(...)

 Kieran McLoughlin:    president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The total remuneration paid to Kieran McLoughlin, the president and chief executive of the American Ireland Fund (AIF), increased by 5.6 per cent in 2(...)

Beechpark Services, Woodford Business Park, Santry, Co Dublin, a HSE-run clinical service for children up to 18 years old who have a diagnosis of ASD (autism spectrum disorder): At a meeting in June 2012, Dr Reilly expressed his concern at the high level of investment in Beechpark services. Photograph: Eric Luke

As anyone who has a child with special needs will attest, getting the right help is a difficult task. But for parents of children with autism that tas(...)

Councillors say school children will be hit by the reduced opening hours. Photograph: Eric Luke/IRISH TIMES

Fingal county councillors have called on the county manager to reconsider proposals which would see some library opening times curtailed by up to 1(...)