Durkan (54), who is in his third Westminster election campaign, having also served as deputy first minister, blames the DUP and Sinn Féin for the latest logjam. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

While canvassing on the streets of Derry, Mark Durkan says he detects an “anti-politics vibe” on the doorsteps. It’s a reaction he has been experienci(...)

FF leader Micheál Martin: “Some women say to me they just don’t like the way the Dail operates.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has said “confidence and lifestyle” issues are a central to the party’s difficulties in securing more female election candi(...)

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. File photograph: Reuters /Luke MacGregor

When is it due?Britain’s next royal baby is due on Saturday, April 25th, according to media reports. Anyone who has ever had a baby will know this is (...)

 Ed Miliband looks on as Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett and Leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon embrace after the “BBC Challengers’ Election Debate”. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFp

The Challenger’s Debate hosted by the BBC took place on Thursday at Central Hall Westminster hosted by David Dimbley. The televised debate was not at(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said he expected the talks to conclude within weeks. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

The Government and International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) remain divided over a key issue in the talks over a possible sale of Aer Lingus, b(...)

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers.

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers. He had heard the heads of agencies ref(...)

Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin said demand for visas “indicates the level of demand from young people to go to countries where wages are higher and opportunities plentiful and where there is decency and fairness”.

The 3,850 Canadian visas available last night were taken up within 12 minutes by Irish people wishing to emigrate, Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy told(...)

Margaret Ritchie:  Unionist support and determination to retain South Down should ensure she is returned. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The SDLP has laid limpet-like claim to South Down since Eddie McGrady first won the seat for the party in 1987. That’s because the seat was so hard-wo(...)

Battersea power station: came to Nama  via Treasury Holdings

The National Asset Management Agency has been criticised in the past for selling out the London market too quickly. Attention has focused on two devel(...)

The Labour Party is not taking a position on the Government-backed referendum to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates.A spokesman for Fi(...)