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(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: Out every day canvassing the streets of Lisburn and towns and villages of his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jeffrey Donaldson reckons the time may be approaching when bitter divisions that separated Ulster Unionists from Democratic Unionists could be officia(...)

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(...)

Minister Leo Varadkar said additional money was being provided for community beds, under the fair deal scheme, to free hospitals of the current level of delayed discharges.

Hospital managers and chief financial officers were told by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to “get to grips’’ with administration in the coming mont(...)

The trawler is the latest in a long line of fishing vessels believed to have been dragged by submarines in the Irish Sea.  Archive photograph of a fishing vessel: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The crew of an Ardglass-based fishing trawler escaped injury when their vessel was towed by a suspected submarine off the coast of Ireland on Wednesda(...)

The battle for Leinster House: Some TDs are budgeting for two general elections in 2016.

Word reaches us that a crafty cohort of TDs are now budgeting for two general elections in 2016.Before we arrive at the iconic year, the rapidly-appro(...)

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(...)

“Focused on what?” snorted Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen at the Taoiseach. “You’re like a rabbit in the headlights.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a quiet return for our Hardly Here At All Dáil, easing itself back into the onerous task of occasionally sitting. It’s a bit like embarking on (...)