The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. T(...)

“Look at the current Fianna Fáil line-up. Not a single TD from the majority gender” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fiach Mac Conghail’s flurry of tweets about the Abbey’s men-only main stage programme for 2016, was massively counterproductive. The national theatre (...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty get equal prominence with party leader Gerry Adams in Sinn Féin’s billboard election posters unveiled this week. (...)

Social welfare office in Dublin: the Government controversially  outsourced its job-finding scheme to   recruitment firms Turas Nua and Seetec. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Private sector operators of the Government’s new JobPath scheme are to be paid a sequence of “job-sustainment fees” based on the length of time they k(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick (pictured with party leader Micheál Martin) was also selected last year to run for Fianna Fáil in the European Parliament election.

Mary Fitzpatrick has been selected unopposed as Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin Central for the general election. Her name was the only name that we(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

Cormac Devlin:  “If people are being told they must select a certain gender, I think that is wrong. The members should be supreme and they should be respected by the party.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin has warned he will take legal action against the party if it issues a directive to select a female candidate in (...)

Bertie Ahern spoke said of the idea of gender quotas: “I don’t agree with it, I think it is zany.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has criticised the gender quotas and said he is firmly against their introduction. Mr Ahern was speaking on Newstalk rad(...)

Joe Costello TD: said voting pact with Fine Gael was ‘fraught with danger’. Photograph: David Sleator

Figures in both Fine Gael and Labour figures have indicated that co-operation between the parties in the lead-up to the general election will not exte(...)