Senator Mary White said she was extremely proud to be the first woman selected by Fianna Fáil for the general election. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has selected Senator Mary White as its general election candidate for the new three-seat constituency of Dublin Rathdown. She defeated Sha(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill was born in Galway but his family came to Dublin when he was aged 11. He graduated from University College Dublin and the King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 1975. He became a senior counsel in 1986 and a High Court judge in 1999. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Attorney General has led warm tributes to Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill on his retirement as a High Court judge. Máire Whelan, addressing the jud(...)

Peter Tyndall: born in Dublin but has lived in Wales for 30 years and  has been Public Services Ombudsman for Wales for the last five years.

Peter Tyndall has been selected by the Government to succeed Emily O’Reilly as Ireland’s Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.Mr Tyndall, who was b(...)

Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe: confirmed legislation would be published this term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Among the major new measures in the Government’s legislative programme is the Protection of Maternal Life Bill, which i(...)