Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley, leader Micheal Martin and Senator Averil Power. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 4:08

Young, female and from Dublin: 36-year-old Averil Power represented pretty much everything that was missing from Fianna Fáil’s current Oireachtas team(...)

A file photograph of former  Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power with party leader Micheál Martin. As she announced her departure from Fianna Fáil, Ms Power said it was “simply not fit for government”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s rare period of political happiness, beginning at 2.20am on Sunday morning when his man claimed victory in the Carl(...)

Aidan Gavin (left) of  DTZ Sherry FitzGerald,   former governor of Maryland  Martin O’Malley  and  Mark FitzGerald  of Sherry FitzGerald Group.

US presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley is stressing his relative youth as he prepares to challenge the perception that Hillary Clinton’s campaign (...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny appeared far more enthused by the same sex marriage referendum than the vote in the age of presidential eligibility. Photograph: Reuters 2:14

The proposal to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates was always going to be the orphan referendum as the nation focused on the more intr(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

Tally counter Rhonda Donaghy  at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The capital has voted resoundingly in favour of same-sex marriage, with all constituency results declared. Most constituencies in the city area had a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney met with members of Fine Gael LGBT this morning as they canvassed for a Yes vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Fine Gael’s director of elections for the same-sex marriage referendum Simon Coveney says he’s hoping for a “happy ending” to the campaign but has war(...)

Gerry Adams’s  handshake with Prince Charles  came after Sinn Féin held a series of meetings with a number of victims’ groups in the North as well as sceptical elements within the party on both sides of the Border. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP/Getty Images 3:51

Sinn Féin must be cautious in its engagement with the British royal family in order to ensure the stauncher republican element of the party continues (...)

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaking at a Belong To Yes event on “Why my family will be voting Yes” in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum at the Wood Quay conference centre, Dublin, on May 19th, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 13:02

Former president Mary McAleese has described her only son Justin as a devout young Catholic who was bullied and made to feel lonely because he was gay(...)

Calling on families across Ireland to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday, Mrs McAleese, seen here with husband Martin, said same-sex marriage posed no threat to heterosexual marriage. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times. 3:00

Former President Mary McAleese has spoken of her “hopes and fears” for her son, Justin, who is gay.Calling on families across Ireland to vote Yes in t(...)