Candidate numbers are also concentrated in Dublin Bay North, which has been described as a “constituency of death” because of the competition. The ballot paper is likely to be about 45 cm (18 inches) long. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ballot papers handed to voters in Dublin Bay North are likely to be up to half a metre long because of the large number of candidates who have to (...)

 Stephen Donnelly of the Social Democrats (above right) said:  “We have to see where there is opportunity about coalition. We will talk to people who are serious about a social democratic Ireland.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

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A garda outside the Regency Airport Hotel over the weekend, after the shooting of David Byrne on February 5th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the wake of the fatal shooting at the Regency Hotel, the criminal links of the young man shot dead and those who targeted him have focused attentio(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White: described Tánaiste Joan Burton in Latin as primus inter pares or first among equals when asked about the future of the party post-election if the leader stood down. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Communications Alex White has deflected questions about the Labour Party leadership as controversy over gaffe-prone Minister for Environ(...)

On your bike:   Kevin Humphreys and Alex White during the launch of Labour’s policy on green jobs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Half of a €1 billion green infrastructure fund to create 13,000 jobs will come from the sale of State shares in AIB, the Labour party has proposed. (...)

Fine Gael and Labour have mixed fortunes in the three latest opinion polls with one Sunday newspaper predicting an increased likelihood of a hung Dáil, while another shows increased support for the largest party. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael and Labour have mixed fortunes in the three latest opinion polls with one Sunday newspaper predicting an increased likelihood of a hung Dáil(...)

Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shorthall and Stephen Donnolly during the launch of the Social Democrats election campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Abolishing water charges and cutting insurance and energy costs could be done with virtually no exchequer cost, according to the Social Democrats. La(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

Seanad election: Fiach Mac Conghail Mary Ann O’Brien Marie-Louise O’Donnell Jillian van Turnhout(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where they signed the dissolution of the 31st Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has left Áras An Uachtaráin and arrived arrived back at Government Buildings after President Michael D Higgins dissolved the 31st(...)