Róisín Shortall of the Social Democrats celebrates with her grand-nephew Dara Baxter (2) after being elected in the Dublin North-West constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael’s Noel Rock has been elected in Dublin North-West after the ninth count. Labour TD John Lyons lost his Dáil seat after he was eliminated o(...)

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(...)