Pensioner Catherine O’Brien at her home in Glounthaune, in Co Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweney/Provision

I was born in Chingford in Essex and grew up around London during the war. I worked as a primary teacher but after I met my husband, Dick, who was als(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett at the launch of his election campaign in Dun Laoghaire.

The Anti Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) announced something of a merger last year to campaign on a platform of opposition to wa(...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. The number(...)

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Both parties are Trotskyist and advocate permanent revolution and political agitation through working class mass action in capitalist societies such as Ireland.

The coming together of the two small left-wing parties should have been the easiest graft in Irish politics but has proved to be the most difficult. (...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Dara Murphy who has defended his decision after   gardaí drove him from Mitchelstown, Co Cork to Dublin Airport to catch a flight to Brussels to attend talks on the migrant crisis. Photographer:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government Minister and a taxi driver have given conflicting accounts of their dealings on a night the Minister’s car broke down and he ended up bei(...)