Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s politics and government specialist, said: ‘We’ve seen previously in other countries that conversation on Facebook has increased voter turnout.’  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Health is the number one general election issue Irish people are talking about on Facebook, according to new figures released today. Facebook, which(...)

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)

A poster for Renua’s Terence Flanagan has had its “public meeting” sticker begin to peel off in the wind (left), while other posters have seen the stickers removed completely (right). Photographs: Stephen Ray

Storm Henry may have left some disgruntled election candidates in its wake after Monday night’s strong winds blew stickers off public meeting posters,(...)

Generation Selfie: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, Martina Anderson (front left) Lynn Boylan, Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Every election in Ireland over the past decade has been forecast as the first “digital election”. None has really lived up to the billing. Back in 2(...)

Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

Waves crash over the lighthouse at Porthcawl, Wales, February 1, 2016. Gale force winds are affecting parts of Wales. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

It’s St Bridget’s day, when we traditionally celebrate the arrival of Spring but instead we are battening down the hatches as Storm Henry sweeps in. (...)

 Green Party  leader  Eamon Ryan with  Ian Noel Smith, Ciarán Cuffe  and  Claire Byrne, taking part in a “vacant sites cycle” on City Quay  to highlight the volume of derelict, abandoned and unused property in the city centre.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dublin’s vacant sites offer the solution to the lack of housing in the city centre, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said. The party is calling for (...)

A little . . . and late

Introducing an important piece of legislation that will die with the 31st Dáil says it all. While in opposition, Fine Gael and the Labour Party compla(...)

Eabha Cronin, from Washington Street in Dublin 8, is a first-year dentistry student at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Born into the boom but plunged into an economic bust during their teenage years, Ireland’s 18-year-olds will be able to vote in a general election fo(...)

The request by the tourist assistance service was made in a letter in recent months to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and posted on Tuesday to the lobbying register. Photograph: The Irish Times

A tourism body wants the Government to provide a seven-day Dublin city centre drop-in centre for visitors who fall victim to crimes such as robbery an(...)