Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

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(...)

MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher who will contest the Midlands North West constituency  for Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Harry McGee Political Correspondent Bar the late entry into the field of an independent candidate with a national profile (and it w(...)

Jonathan Iriwin: has a salary of €90,000 as chief executive of Jack and Jill, but took nothing for the first six years of existence

The founder of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation Jonathan Irwin has called on the chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic, Hamilton Goulding, to(...)

Labour councillors concerned about plan to put pylons overground. Photograph:  Frank Miller

The controversial plan to build an overground power line linking Leinster and Munster could cost Labour seats in next year’s local elections, a behind(...)

A mosquito prepares to bite. If a mosquito is carrying a parasite called plasmodium, it can then travel to the person’s liver, where it multiplies. One of the treatment options is the drug mefloquine, sold under the brand names Lariam, Mephaquin or Mefliam.

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter has insisted he has “nothing to hide” after a decision not to publish a report on the use of the controversial anti-(...)

Enda Kenny:   Moya Prunty (Kildare South) said referendums had been lost before and the world had not ended. She said the Taoiseach was doing a fine job. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delegates to the Fine Gael conference were in an upbeat mood and largely happy with the performance of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the party’s Ministers.(...)

(From left) Martin Heydon TD, Anthony Lawlor TD and Richard Bruton TD at a Fine Gael meeting on Thursday on the referendum to abolish the Seanad.

Fine Gael has succeeded in flipping Paddy Hillery’s famous exhortation to a Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis a generation ago: “You can have Boland but you ca(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)