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(...)

Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who came together to form the Social Democrats in July 2015 are offering what they characterise as a “relatively (...)

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(...)

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds who has decided not to contest the next general election.

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds has confirmed he will not contest the general election. In a surprise move, Mr Dowds said he would step dow(...)

Shane Ross: ‘We are an identifiable group standing together with a common name.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At least 22 candidates will run for the Independent Alliance in the next general election, including former Green Party deputy Paul Gogarty. Mr(...)