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 (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton addresses the Labour Party conference: overall, her muted message suited the bland and unthreatening conference slogan: “Standing up for Ireland’s future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Five years ago, members of the Labour Party voted overwhelmingly to go into coalition with Fine Gael. They searched their souls, looked into their h(...)

 Reporting results: The Courts Service has said the internationally accepted method for measuring conviction rates is to base the figures only on cases that proceed to full hearing before the courts – this results in a conviction rate of 86 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

In October of last year, The Irish Times reported that between January 2013 and May 2015, more than 20,000 people were due to appear before District C(...)

Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The president of the District Court has criticised the media for what she termed inaccurate and unbalanced reporting of statistics relating to road tr(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White at the official launch of Eircode in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Commission has told the Government there are no grounds for re-opening an investigation into the procurement process for the new postcode(...)

Road Safety Authority figures show there were 521 drivers disqualified at the time they received convictions for dangerous driving causing serious injury or death in the period January 2013 to March 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

More than 500 disqualified drivers were involved in collisions causing serious injury or death in recent years, new figures show. Campaigners s(...)

More than 20,000 people were in court for drink driving between January 2013 and May 2015. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Only 40 per cent of drink driving cases listed before the country’s District Courts since January 2013 resulted in convictions, new figures show. And(...)

The Longboat Quay apartment complex in Dublin’s docklands, built by Bernard McNamara. Residents  face a possible evacuation or a  bill of €4 million for fire safety works in the building. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

When the shiny new development went up on the banks of the Liffey a decade ago, its name seemed an appropriate nod to Dublin’s rich Viking past. But (...)

Michael McNamara: expected to rejoin the Labour Party. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare TD Michael McNamara is set to return to the Labour fold after losing the party whip in May. Mr McNamara was the only Coalition deputy to (...)