The Leaders’ Debate on BBC One Northern Ireland with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP leader Arlene Foster, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party leader David Ford. Photograph: Press Eye

“I love Arlene” were the first three words uttered on the DUP’s final Northern Assembly election broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday morning. The(...)

A file image of former Green Party TD Dan Boyle  who is hoping the Welsh Green Party can secure seats this week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Green Party TD Dan Boyle hopes the Welsh Green Party can win seats in the Welsh Assembly elections which take place on Thursday. Mr Boyle, a G(...)

 Credit must go to Enda Kenny who will have confounded his many critics one more time if he manages to be elected Taoiseach for a second term. Since the election setback he has displayed resilience and patience in the face of political misfortune and it looks as if that is going to be rewarded. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

After more than nine weeks of political gamesmanship, interspersed with serious negotiations, it looks as if the experiment in “new politics” is final(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Newry and Armagh – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

On paper, there is a possibility of change in Newry and Armagh - though not in the way the seats will be divided between the two religious traditions(...)

Micheál Martin faces a challenging, medium term task to position Fianna Fáil  back among the middle ground voters.  It is they, after all, who will decide which party leads the next government, a position it covets.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The Dáil chamber on Wednesday heard howls of “collusion” from the Sinn Féin benches, directed towards Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Enda Kenny and Mich(...)

In one European state after another, it would appear, the successive crises, both economic and identity, that have shaken the EU over the last eight y(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Sunday: Kenny is willing to offer a suspension of water charges in return for the support of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The merry-go-round of government formation could finally be coming to a halt. There have been many twists and the turns over the past eight weeks but (...)

Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew pledged at the party’s election manifesto launch to ‘bring about an end to the waste of money, time and opportunity at Stormont’. Photograph: Green Party NI website.

The Green Party, launching its manifesto for the Northern Assembly elections, has called for a “zero waste strategy” for Northern Ireland. The Green(...)

Joan Burton’s party took a trouncing in the general election. If it goes into government, what’s to prevent its support haemorrhaging even further, to the point of extinction? File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Delegates at the Labour Party national conference in January had no intimation of the storm that was brewing up on the horizon. Sure, a number of d(...)