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 (...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, with Mary Lou McDonald TD and Cllr Rose Conway Walsh at the launch of Sinn Féin’s election manifesto in the Royal Irish Academy in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For Gerry Adams, when it comes to IRA atrocities, the past is another country. We have all moved on from the conflict. But in his obvious irritation (...)

Commemorative plaque at 16 Moore Street where republicans decided to surrender towards the end of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Frank Miller

Had it been left entirely to property developer Joe O’Reilly, the decrepit buildings at 14-17 Moore Street, where leaders of the Rising took refuge af(...)

Brian Mohan who is challenging  the constitutionality of provisions of the Electoral (Political Funding) Act 2012 linking funding of political parties to meeting gender quota targets. Photograph:  Collins

Financial sanctions are “probably the only option” for getting Irish political parties to reach quotas aimed at having them run more women candidates (...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Laws requiring political parties to field at least 30 per cent male and 30 per cent female candidates in the next two general elections if they are to(...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Fianna Fáil activist has challenged the constitutionality of “crude” and “punitive” laws linking State funding of political parties to their achieve(...)

Gerry Adams: If elected to government, Sinn Féin would abolish the property tax in its entirety. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is the largest party at local government level in Dublin and will push to be the same nationally, party leader Gerry Adams said on Friday. (...)

Mary Lou McDonald: “We are fortunate that we have a lot of talented and able people. There will be other hats in the ring. Ultimately it is for the membership of Sinn Féin to make [the leadership] call.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said Gerry Adams acknowledges “nobody goes on forever” in a firm indication this may be his last electio(...)

Averil Power used the Oireachtas printing service to produce 73,000 calendars.

Independent Senator Averil Power used the Oireachtas “in-house” printing service to produce 73,000 calendars for 2016, documents released under the F(...)