Labour deputy leader and Minister for the Environment has been appointed to head the party’s next general election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has nominated Labour deputy leader and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly as the party’s director of elections and chair of its (...)

Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ 2:11

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he is ‘quite confident in predicting that some form of alliance or common platform will be established’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Four new political parties or alliances could be established by the summer in anticipation of a general election occurring earlier than the scheduled(...)

Independent TD Noel Grealish asked how anyone anyone justify or explain €80 million spent on consultants alone to set up Irish Water. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Water charges and the costs of running Irish Water are a more controversial issue than last year’s legislation on abortion, the Dáil has heard.Indepe(...)

Galway West coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin was told that a year later a party of six hunters was returning to the Lough Inagh Lodge in Connemara when they found a body in a wood near the lake. Above: a facial reconstruction  of Arno Schmitz.

A German man who came to Ireland to start a new life died less than a month after arriving here. He lay under a tree in a wood for a year before his (...)

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil must carve out a distinctive identity and give people a reason to vote for the party or it risks becoming the “next SDLP”, a byelection po(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: his position is secure and he is likely to stay on as party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

A decade ago, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked about the likelihood of Fianna Fáil going into a coalition with Sinn Féin. Surprisingly, he did no(...)

BrÍd NÍ Greofa (88) voting in Inis Oírr national school with Pádraic Ó Conghaile, presiding officer, and Pádraig Ó Donncha, poll clerk, in attendance. Photograph: Eamon Ward

When Tomás Conneely pulled up his tractor at Inis Oírr’s polling station yesterday afternoon, turnout for the European and local elections was about 1(...)

Presiding officer Hugh O’Donnell (left) and Garda officer P.J. McHugh carry the ballot box off the island of Innishfree, Co Donegal.  A local home was turned into a temporary polling station where islanders Phil and Hans Schleweck from Stuttgart, Germany, cast their vote. The rest of Ireland will cast their votes on 23 May. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Voters on 12 offshore islands have already cast their ballots for the European and local elections today, just one day ahead of the rest of the Stat(...)