Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Alex White, John Lyons, Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys at the count at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They are down on the ground at the Yes Equality party in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. Three rows of campaigners, legs around the person in front, (...)

There have been  mutterings about a challenge to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin should the party not win the Carlow Kilkenny byelection. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

From the moment this byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny was announced, it was described as “Bobby Aylward’s to lose”. For the Fianna Fáil candidate it was (...)

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 (...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ni Bhroan with their twin five-year-old children, Tess and Rosa, after voting in Monkstown polling station, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners for same-sex marriage believe the referendum will be carried on the back of high turnouts in urban centres and massive engagement by yo(...)

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

Turnout for the same sex-marriage referendum and the referendum to reduce the age eligibility for presidential candidates was higher in urban areas on(...)

Newly-married couple Anne Fox (nee Cole) and Vincent Fox cast their votes in Dublin in  the referendum on their wedding day. Photograph: Getty 0:48

Turnout in the first national referendum to legalise same-sex marriage and on the age of candidates for the presidency has been reported at more than (...)

If everyone aged 21-35 voted in favour of the amendment it could potentially get over the line.

The country is being asked to vote on a second referendum on May 22nd. This is to reduce the age at which candidates can run for the Irish presidency (...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)

 Catherine Byrne TD, will run for Fine Gael in Dublin South-Central in the next general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s Catherine Byrne has put an end to speculation by confirming she will run for the party in Dublin South-Central at the next general electio(...)