Sitting Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan faces a challenge for her seat from Cllr Pat Buckley: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD in Cork East Sandra McLellan is facing a challenge at the party’s selection convention at the weekend which will choose a candidate to ru(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big pa(...)

Joan Burton raised the timing of the election with the Taoiseach in a meeting the two had before yesterday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There is a delicate balance between gently warning your Coalition partner not to call an early election against your wishes and exhibiting what can lo(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: a Dublin councillor has referred to the party’s gender  quota policy as ‘disgusting, degrading and deplorable’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Dublin councillor has launched an eviscerating attack on Fianna Fáil’s headquarters over its “disgusting” gender quota policy. He has said that (...)

Alex White: sidestepped calls to say that housing situation was an emergency.

Local authorities must return to building houses, the Minister for Communications has told the Dáil. But Alex White sidestepped calls from the AAA-PBP(...)

Senator Mary White says Dublin residents have complained to her about being placed in the wrong postal district. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White has claimed the new Eircode system is placing householders in the wrong geographical area. She told the Seanad that Dub(...)

Bernard McNamara: Almost all of them (directors) have since been recruited to senior positions by Nama receivers. Photograph: Collins

Developer Bernard McNamara has claimed receivers for the National Asset Management Agency hired directors from his company after it was wound down. Mr(...)

Joe Higgins, with Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Richard Boyd Barrett during the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit press conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:22

A merger between two similar left-wing groups may seem like a modest political step, but it was the result of many months of tortuous discussions abou(...)

Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal

German prosecutors raided Volkswagen’s headquarters and other offices on Thursday as part of their investigation into the carmaker’s rigging of diesel(...)

There has been growing pressure on Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry O’Dea,  the Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick,  to make a fuller statement on the circumstances surrounding a collision he was involved in last December. File photograph: Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry O’Dea has confirmed he approached gardaí about the status of a car crash he was involved in before he was elected Metropo(...)