Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said that she is retiring from electoral politics. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Regina Doherty, Katherine Zappone and Jan O’Sullivan not seeking to return to electoral politics

 Shane Ross, above,  and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran went for re-election and both  lost their seats. Independent Minister for Children Katherine Zappone lost hers too. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Perception is they should keep others in check rather than pursuing own policy agenda

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said a so-called grand coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would be the “worst outcome” for the electorate. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition would be ‘slap in the face’ for voters, Sinn Féin leader says

Mary Lou McDonald: ‘It’s an expensive business that isn’t covered by the expenses that we get.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Mary Lou McDonald says she funds constituency offices with remainder of salary

Paul Donnelly, Gerry Adams and Pauline Tully arrive for a meeting of Sinn Fein’s new parliamentary team at Buswells Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Debut deputies line up for family photo with Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has given Micheál Martin a mandate to explore coalition options with all parties, except Sinn Féin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin says party is preparing for exploratory talks with Greens and Soc Dems

Unionist senator Ian Marshall: ‘I don’t think it’s reflective of where the political leadership in Sinn Féin is.’ Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Cullinane’s ‘Up the Ra’ comments undermine peace efforts in NI, says Ian Marshall

Paul Mr Murphy said he believed the group should operate together .Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rise TD Paul Murphy says ‘far more effective’ to negotiate joint position

The Seanad: nominations for outside bodies close on February 24th while nominations for inside panels close a week later on March 2nd. .

Three Ministers and two prominent Fianna Fáil women expected to be on ticket

The Dublin Bay South constituency has reverted to an all-male line-up after high-profile Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell lost her seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Number elected narrowly beats previous record but disappoints equality advocates

Niamh Smyth Fianna Fail

Cavan-Monaghan – Elected 11th count

Voters pay most attention to top two choices and rarely vote beyond four candidates. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Getty Images

Results show transfers affected 21 constituencies, with Greens benefittng by three seats

Martin Browne came second in the Tipperary constituency, with 12.23 per cent of the first-preference votes.

Tipperary – Elected 8th count

Kieran O’Donnell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Limerick City candidate elected on eighth count

Niall Collins: Lost his portfolio when it emerged he voted six times for absent party colleague Timmy Dooley, in the so-called  ‘votegate’ scandal. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Limerick County deputy has been re-elected on the fourth count

Malcolm Noonan spent 20 years as a community and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth.

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected 10th count

 Jennifer Murnane O’Connor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected 8th count

Sean Haughey at the Dublin Bay North count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Bay North candidate elected on 14th count

 Ruth Coppinger lost her seat. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Just 1% rise in female representation predicted as parties fail to have ‘balanced ticket’

Joe McHugh. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Donegal – Elected 9th count

Charlie McConalogue

Donegal – Elected 9th count

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd was always seen as guaranteed to keep his seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Louth – Elected on 10th count

Joe O’Brien. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Dublin Fingal – Elected 8th count

 Colm Burke: It is his second Dáil election campaign in three months, having been the party’s candidate in the November byelection. Photograph: Tony O’Connell photography

Cork North-Central – Elected on the 14th count

Mick Barry has often been a provocative and impassioned speaker in the Dáil.

Cork North-Central – Elected on the 14th count

Simon Coveney. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cork South-Central – Elected 8th count

Sean Sherlock: In the last Dáil, as spokesman on children and youth affairs he contributed frequently on the Scouting Ireland abuse controversy, on childcare costs and provision, and on insurance for creches. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Cork East – Elected on the eighth count

 Richard Bruton: A  prodigious constituency worker. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Dublin Bay North – Elected on the 10th count

John Paul Phelan most recently hit the headlines when he described some members of the Green Party as ‘nutters’. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected on the eighth count

Darragh O’Brien has been vociferous in his criticism of the Government’s housing policies. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Fingal – Elected on the eighth count

Cathal Crowe has worked as political assistant to former MEP Brian Crowley. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Clare candidate elected on the 10th count

Paschal Donohoe: As a party grandee he will have to address the electorate’s rejection of Fine Gael’s spending priorities and policies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dublin Central – Elected on the ninth count

John McGuinness: The poll-topping maverick’s views are frequently out of line with the party leadership. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected 6th count

David Stanton has a keen interest in parliamentary reform and has criticised poor attendance at Oireachtas committee meetings. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Cork East – Elected on the eighth count

Michael McGrath will be on the team in any coalition-formation talks. Photograph: Garrett White/ Collins Agency

Cork South-Central – Elected on the eighth count

Jim O Callaghan: he is likely to be on any negotiating team that may be established for government talks.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Dublin Bay South - Elected 8th count

Roderic O’Gorman, left, with party leader Eamon Ryan. Election 2020 was his 10th election in 15 years. Photograph:

Dublin West candidate is elected on the sixth count

Joan Burton, left, the first female leader of the Labour party, bows out of electoral politics after a career of almost 30 years. Photo: Leah Farrell/

Ross bows out, as Doherty eliminated and Zappone at risk of losing seat

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan: She got caught up in the controversy about the Maria Bailey personal injury claim. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Dublin Rathdown deputy was elected on the eighth count

Heather Humphreys: a  no-nonsense pragmatist, she has been Minister for Business since former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald resigned in 2018

Cavan-Monaghan candidate elected on the first count

Jack Chambers topped the poll for the Castleknock electoral area in the 2014 local elections. Photograph: Fran Veale/ for The Irish Times

Dublin West – Elected on sixth count

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy:  he can be expected to hold a high-profile portfolio as either an opposition spokesman or in government. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cavan-Monaghan – Elected first count

Solidarity-People Before Profit  politician Richard Boyd Barrett: an outspoken critic of government policy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Dún Laoghaire – Elected seventh count

Michael Moynihan has been party whip since 2016 and was spokesman on communications, energy and natural resources for the previous five years

Cork North-West candidate elected on the fifth count

Michael Creed was first elected to the Dáil in 1989. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Cork North-West – Elected fifth count

Aindrias Moynihan is one of the few fluent Irish speakers in the Dáil

Cork North-West – Elected fifth count

 Sinn Féin FD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donegal – Elected on first count

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty: seen as a potential future leader of his party. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Donegal – Elected first count

 Micheál Martin: Can he stick to his  unwavering mantra of no coalition with Sinn Féin if the numbers do not stack up for an alternative government?

Cork South-Central – elected on sixth count

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has served as minister for transport, for health and for social protection

Dublin West candidate and party leader elected on fifth count

Sinn Féin TD Paul Donnelly with his mother Bridie at the Dublin West counting centre in Phibblestown Community Centre, Dublin 15. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin West – Elected on first count

Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell

Dublin Bay North – Elected on first count

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin has consistently highlighted the need for more women in politics. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin Rathdown – Elected on fifth count

Independent TD Michael Collins and his brother Danny at the Cork South West count centre in Clonakilty Community College. Photograph: Andy Gibson

Cork South-West – Elected on first count

 Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly:  surge in support for the party and her own high profile both helped. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Fingal deputy elected on first count

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin Bay South – Elected on first count

Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: party’s momentum dispelled his perceived vulnerability. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Cork South-Central – Elected on first count

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Damien Eagers

The Dublin Central candidate was elected on the first count

Sinn Féin’s Thomas Gould: Logistics manager lives in Gurranabraher and is chairman of St Vincent’s GAA Club. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Cork North-Central candidate was elected on the first count

Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward: holds on to seat he won in byelection.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dublin Mid West – Elected second count

Kathleen Funchion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Carlow-Kilkenny TD elected on first count

Councillor Pat Buckley,  Sinn Féin candidate for Cork East: surge helped him retain his seat.

Cork East – Elected on first count

Former tánaiste Joan Burton  has lost her seat.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Green Party’s O’Gorman takes final seat as Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly comes out on top

Sinn Féin is only running two candidates in four constituencies – Cavan-Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin Mid-West and Louth. Photograph: Getty Images

Political analyst says some 90% of seats will be won on the first count in the vote

Eamon Ó Cuív: he introduced  legislation  to abolish early voting on the islands. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Voters do not need polling cards to cast ballot, and numerous forms of identity are acceptable

Labour leader Brian Howlin with candidates Juliet O’Connell,  Ciaran Ahern and Kevin Humphreys  in the National Print Museum in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins.

Labour leader describes FF, FG, SF manifestos as ‘con job trying to be all things to all people’

Fianna Fáil general election candidate Deirdre Heney (in blue) enjoying an impromptu session while canvassing. From left, Susan Lawler from Leixlip, Mary Smith from Ranelagh, local residents Ann Denham and John Denham on banjo near Vernon Avenue in Clontarf. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Number one votes crucial’ Heney tells voters as she makes third attempt to win Dáil seat

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Attorney General would submit advice about the General Election on Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Polling was postponed after sudden death of Independent candidate Marese Skehan

Eoghan Murphy: the Minister for Housing and Local Government is expected to sign a polling day order on Wednesday, but it’s unclear if the poll will be held on February 29th.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Attorney General examining if postponement of the poll could be unconstitutional

Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne: ‘Polls tend to get us wrong completely. They also tend to get Sinn Féin wrong.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thomas Byrne says SF’s budget ‘fancy fairytale’ and teacher pay inequality ‘needs to end’

 Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy and  Dublin South West candidate Carly Bailey unveil  the party’s   Renters Charter in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party’s launches renters’ charter to end cuckoo fund tax breaks, ban rent bidding wars

Cllr Sarah O’Reilly of Aontú canvassing at Clones mart in Co Monaghan with John McNally from Clones. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Former farmer optimistic of her chances as ‘people are looking for change’

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. A series of opinion polls has shown a surge in support for Sinn Féin, despite Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil attempting to scare the public and refusing to countenance coalition with the party. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Confidence-and-supply arrangement ‘dead in the water’ as future government option

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden canvassing at the Sheraton Shopping Centre in Athlone, County Westmeath.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Varadkar says Fine Gael is the ‘real party of change’ and claims Fianna Fáil will roll back social progress

Social Democrats co-leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy  at the launch of the party’s general election manifesto in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Manifesto pledges improved work/life balance and more investment in public services

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD at the launch of the party’s campaign for the general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Eamon Ryan says there had been no initiatives and no determination to make change

 Sarah Durcan (centre) and Cllr Gary Gannon, Social Democrats candidates in Dublin Bay South and Dublin Central respectively, launch the party’s arts and culture manifesto for the general election in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party pledges mandatory local authority arts funding and ‘rates holidays’ for new projects

 Fianna Fáil Senator Dr Keith Swanick. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Keith Swanick says he wants to ‘spend more quality time’ with his family in letter

Farmers feel the whole world is against them, Fianna Fáil’s food and horticulture spokesman said as the party pledged to support 137,500 farm families.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Party says plans to support beef and dairy sectors would not harm potential coalition with Greens

Senator Catherine Noone with  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the central count centre for the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael politician (41) is attempting to move from Seanad to Dáil for second time

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald  said Fianna Fáil’s ard chomhairle was similar to Sinn Féin’s when it comes to determining policy.

Parliamentary party members set Fianna Fáil policy, not ‘unelected officials’

Social Democrats candidate for Dublin Central, Cllr Gary Gannon, canvassing in Drumcondra with Lara O’Malley and her two month-old daughter, Juliette. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Soc Dems’ Gary Gannon canvasses in Bertie territory that also supports Róisín Shortall

Social democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall said it was an indictment of Ireland that 100,000 children live in poverty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party proposes ‘vastly improving entitlement to parental leave and flexible work options’

Social Democrats joint-leader Róisín Shortall. File photograph: Collins

Soc Dems TD says potential for centre-left government, but is unlikely this election

The deadline has passed for candidates to get on the ballot paper for the general election on February 8th. File photograph: Alan Betson

Almost one in three contenders are women and over a fifth are Independent candidates

Finance spokesman Pearse Doherty at Sinn Féin’s general election candidate launch in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Doherty defends party policy on pensions after members retire with pots of up to €1.72m

Rise TD Paul Murphy speaking to Voters in the Rossfield Avenue Estate in Tallaght.Photograph: Alan Betson

Paul Murphy calls for Sinn Féin to rule out coalition with two largest parties

Independent Dublin Bay North TD Tommy Broughan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Labour deputy joins Finian McGrath in exiting Dublin Bay North election contest

Former RTÉ journalist Valerie Cox announced her decision to run just a day before the close of nominations at noon on Wednesday.

Former RTÉ journalist announced decision to run for Dáil seat in Wicklow after pension row erupted

Jack O Connor, Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Election campaign launch: Howlin says his party will ‘end the waste of public money’

Last time around Pat Breen (above) was well ahead of his colleague Joe Carey but clever vote management between the two meant the party got two seats despite Fianna Fáil having a higher percentage of the vote. File photograph: Tom Honan

Fine Gael will battle to keep its two seats while Fianna Fáil tries to gain second one

One of the certainties in Dublin Bay North is that Fianna Fáil’s Seán Haughey will keep his seat. File photograph: Eric Luke

Labour likely to gain after Finian McGrath and Tommy Broughan step aside

Aontú party leader Peadar Tóibín. Photograph: Tom Honan

Party says it will tackle regional imbalance to combat Dublin/Belfast dominance

Simon Harris is expected to comfortably hold his seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Entry of former RTÉ journalist Valerie Cox into race could shake up battle for seats

Helen McEntee from Nobber is seen as a reserved but smart politician who has performed well on the international Brexit stage. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Two Fine Gael Ministers may be fighting for one spot if Sinn Féin performs well

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. He has twice survived motions of no confidence. File photograph: Damien Eagers

Murphy and O’Connell could be fighting for one seat with Labour well placed

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith (above) and Independent TD Joan Collins are running again, along with Fine Gael Minister of State Catherine Byrne.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Fine Gael Minister of State in danger of losing seat

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