Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Defeated Labour Wicklow TD Anne Ferris felt a deep sadness when she recently closed her constituency office in Bray. “We were still getting telephone(...)

Shane Curran, Fianna Fáil election candidate in the Roscommon-Galway constituency during his canvass at Ballinasloe Mart. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There is a story in Shane Curran’s autobiography Cake in which he recalls the final moments of the Connacht minor final of 1989. Galway are beating R(...)

L-R: John Leahy (Renua), Eoin O’Broin (Sinn Fein), Jack Chambers (Fianna Fail). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maura Hopkins Fine Gael Hopkins is an unlikely candidate in Roscommon-East Galway. The party won two of the three seats in this constituency in the l(...)

Frank Feighan TD (right) at the Roscommon hospital protest outside Leinster House. Photograph: The Irish TImes

A hospital consultant has warned voters not to believe any election candidate or political party claiming the emergency department would be reopened a(...)

University Hospital Galway. Its emergency department is the second-busiest such unit in the State. Photograph: Eric Luke

University College Hospital Galway’s emergency department is consistently breaching international guidelines on ensuring patients receive medical att(...)

Billy Kelleher: Fianna Fail  will  not go into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin and will not support a Fine Gael-led minority government from the outside. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the election inches closer, the conundrum of how the next government is going to be put together assumes ever greater significance. That uncertaint(...)

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí are investigating a “sinister” death threat which was hand-delivered to Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan on Monday morning. The handwritten letter wa(...)

 Frank Feighan: ‘Roscommon hospital will always be associated with my name.’  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has confirmed he will not contest the next general election. Mr Feighan, who faced a tough re-election bid in the Roscomm(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘There are clearly changes that are needed in the structures of the way things have been done.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says it is a “real tragedy” that a wrong reading of an X-ray has lead to a delayed cancer diagnosis. The Minis(...)

A candlelight vigil in remembrance of Savita Halappanavar was held at the gates of St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin late last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

New facilities for women who suffer loss in pregnancy are to be provided on the ward where Savita Halappanavar stayed before her death in University H(...)