Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue (above) has 17 per cent support in the opinion poll in Donegal. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil look poised to land a shock result in the general election by taking two seats out of five in the new constituency of Donegal, according t(...)

Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony, joined by former Galway footballer Seán Óg Dr Paor and former Galway hurler Pat Malone (r), during their call to former Clare hurler Frank Lohan and his son Gus at their home in Oranmore, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The redrafting of the boundary in Galway West has led to a sort of homecoming for John O’Mahony. The football revolution he spearheaded in 1998, whi(...)

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy: I am relatively happy . . . I feel momentum going towards us. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private polling research by the Labour Party has given it hope that it could capitalise on concerns of a large block of non-Coalition supporters that(...)

Brian Walsh: Thanked for his service to the House.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael Galway West TD Brian Walsh has resigned his Dáil seat on medical grounds. Mr Walsh announced last November he was standing down as a candi(...)

Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan: Labour needs ‘real numbers’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A group of Labour TDs, including a Minister of State, has said the party should not re-enter a coalition with Fine Gael after the election if it does (...)

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. The number(...)

 Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh is set to step down from his position.

Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh has announced that he will not contest the next general election on medical grounds. Mr Walsh (43), who represents the Galway(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív, who represents Galway West, said the issues raised affected the white or demersal fishing and not the pelagic fishing sector mackerel and herring, which is the prevalent industry on the Galway coast. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

TDs representing coastal communities have condemned any exploitation of foreign workers on white fish trawlers. Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said anyone(...)

Former Fine Gael TD John Perry with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Perry  lost out at the selection convention for Sligo-North Leitrim in a close contest over weekend. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A former Fine Gael TD seeking to return to the Dáil in the constituency where party deputy John Perry lost a selection convention said he can unde(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)