Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

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(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arrives at Iveagh House, Dublin, yesterday prior to the announcement of Eamon Gilmore’s resignation as Labour Party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

The majority of Labour Party TDs are reserving their positions on who to support in the leadership race until all candidates have declared.However, M(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin ran twice for the leadership previously but was defeated by Ruairí Quinn and by Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Labour Party was an early adopter of the one-member one-vote system and it is the ordinary members of the party, not its parliamentarians, who wil(...)

Minister for Social Protection  Joan Bruton:  wants to have a say in any post-election reshuffle that could see her moved out of her department. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton wants to have a say in any post-election res(...)

Tanaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

This time last year the Labour Party seemed to suffering the same political battering as the south and west coasts of the country have taken ov(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “I believe that what we have achieved together in Government will be acknowledged.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A senior Labour Minister has indicated his party is willing to serve a second term in a coalition with Fine Gael if the numbers are right after a g(...)

Brendan Howlin: the Minister for Public Expenditure holds out hope that voters won’t punish the party for its austere fiscal policy in Government. Photograph: PA

Labour is bracing for a mighty challenge in the local and European elections next May but Brendan Howlin holds out hope that voters won’t punish the p(...)

Daunting tasks: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For all its success in the achievement of a smooth bailout exit, the Government faces a daunting task in 2014 as it seeks to establish durable access (...)