Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn: will hand over chain of office next Friday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Friday night Dublin city councillors will decide who gets to be the capital’s first citizen, when the current Lord Mayor of Dublin, Labour’s Oisín (...)

Party leaders at an inter-denominational service of prayer for the assembly of the 31st Dáil. A grand coalition involving Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil or a coalition involving Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin would be radical departures

The Rubicon is the most-crossed river in Irish politics. Over the course of almost a century of independent democracy in the State, most fixed concept(...)

One of the most prominent questions arising from the results of last week’s local elections is: who are all these Independents? A detailed answer to t(...)

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(...)

Socialist Party TD for Dublin West Ruth Coppinger, with Joe Higgins, at Leinster House on her first day at the Dail. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

One of the big lessons for political parties from the local elections is: “When you put women on the ballot paper they get elected,” according to Fion(...)

Cllr Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West: escorted down the steps to loud applause from all sides of the House yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins sat in the Dáil lobby with his newly elected Dublin West colleague Ruth Coppinger as she waited to take her seat in the(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: popular with grassroots Labour members. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Senior Labour TDs say Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is stealing a march on her leadership rivals by attempting to secure the support of (...)

 Gilmore: “I think there is a determination on the part of both parties to complete the job to ensure that the Irish economy is secure but also that the benefits of that economic success are felt by people.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said his successor should keep Labour in Government until the end of its mandate in 2016 but said it was clear that the Coa(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. ‘We need a change of policy not just a change of personalities’. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The electorate have given the Government “notice to quit”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said today in the wake of the local and European election r(...)

‘After Eamon Gilmore’s resignation, Karl Marx’s quip remains indispensible: everything in history happens twice, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce.’ Above,  Eamon Gilmore with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

After Eamon Gilmore’s resignation, Karl Marx’s quip remains indispensible: everything in history happens twice, the first time as tragedy and the seco(...)