Willie Penrose: former Labour “super junior” Minister was persuaded to run by senior party figures

Willie Penrose (59) has been a Labour TD since 1992 when he became the first Labour TD in the constituency since the early years of the State. It took(...)

Peter Burke:   his two sitting party colleagues, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden, lost out

Peter Burke emerged as a new Fine Gael TD in Longford-Westmeath while his two sitting colleagues, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden, lost their Dáil(...)

Television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan who will contest the general election for the Green Party.

The television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan will contest the general election for the Green Party in the Longford-Westmeath constitu(...)

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(...)

Connie Gerety-Quinn  was nominated as Fianna Fáil’s candidate last month at the Longford Arms Hotel, despite opposition from the members. File photograph: Google Street View

A branch of Fianna Fáil passed a motion on Thursday night expressing no confidence in their general election candidate. Over 100 members voted unanimo(...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy have formally turned down Sinn Féin advances to take part in a left wing election transfer pact. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy have formally turned down Sinn Féin advances to take part in a left-wing election transfer (...)

The majority of delegates at a Fianna Fáil selection convention at the Longford Arms Hotel objected strongly on Thursday night when a woman was selected as the party’s candidate in the forthcoming general election at the direction of party headquarters. Image: Google Streetview

The majority of delegates at a Fianna Fáil selection convention in Longford objected strongly on Thursday night when a woman was selected as the party(...)

 This year’s March for Choice  at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s vow that she will ensure a referendum on abortion rights will take place if Labour returns to government has not met with any m(...)