The Road Traffic Act 2010 prohibits the application of the poor box to offences that attract penalty points, including speeding, from June 1st, 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nearly 2,000 drivers were allowed to avoid convictions for speeding offences by making contributions to court poor boxes over a 27-month period, despi(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald provided the figures in answer to a parliamentary question from Independent TD Tommy Broughan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fines amounting to more than €526,000 issued to learner drivers who did not display L-plates or who were driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver (...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It won’t go unnoticed amongst marriage equality campaigners that several candidates who were to the fore during last year’s referendum failed to get e(...)

Seán Haughey with his wife Orla in the RDS: “Politics is not easy and this must be a very difficult night for [Averil Power]. Democracy can be cruel.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The general election has resulted in a swing to the left in Dublin Bay North and Dublin South Central. In Dublin South-Central, Anti-Austerity Allia(...)

 Tommy Broughan  is elected on the fourth day of the Dublin Bay North count at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The coalition Government had been formed, with opposition from just two Labour TDs – Tommy Broughan (68) and Joanna Tuffy. Shortly afterwards he lost(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

There were emotional scenes at the RDS count today as Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin lost his seat to Sinn Féin candidate Denise Mitchell (...)

Independent Senator Averil Power at the Dublin Bay North recount in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

For one horrifying moment, it looked like the recounts had been abandoned in favour of a total rerun. It was late afternoon in the RDS and a smiling (...)

Independent candidate Averil Power has been eliminated from the race for a Dáil seat in Dublin Bay North. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Independent Senator Averil Power has been eliminated from the Dublin Bay North count. After a recount of Ms Power’s votes and those of the candidates(...)

Candidate numbers are also concentrated in Dublin Bay North, which has been described as a “constituency of death” because of the competition. The ballot paper is likely to be about 45 cm (18 inches) long. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ballot papers handed to voters in Dublin Bay North are likely to be up to half a metre long because of the large number of candidates who have to (...)