Billy Kelleher meets up with Clare hurling legends Brian Lohan and Niall Gilligan  while canvassing in Ennis, Co Clare, for the European elections. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Usually, political party leaders want their people to attend parliamentary party meetings. Recently, however, the presence of Anne Rabbitte irked Mich(...)

European Parliament in Strasbourg:  the dominant dividing line could be between politicians who want common EU-level solutions and those who favour safeguarding national sovereignty. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Four in 10 French voters say they have no interest in May’s European elections, a recent poll reports. The apathy vote is up more than a sixth since M(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “There will be one count – one count in Dublin for the four seats and one count in Ireland South for the five seats.”  Photograph: Tom Honan

Candidates placed in reserve and who will not take up their seats in the European Parliament until Brexit takes effect are not expected to receive a s(...)

On Thursday the SDLP leader said he was “seeking to secure a historic second seat representing the Pro-Europe Majority in Northern Ireland”.   File Photograph: Alan Betson

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood is to contest the upcoming European Parliament election on May 23rd. On Thursday the Foyle legislative assembly member (M(...)

Uber and Deliveroo have come to symbolise the gig economy worker. Photograph: Getty Images

New rules from Brussels, approved on Tuesday, promise more transparent and predictable working conditions for gig economy workers – those who work a f(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini:  scornful of the “buonista”. Photograph: Federico Bernini/Bloomberg

Notes from the campaign trail: with the European Parliament election campaign now well under way across the EU ahead of next month’s voting, allow me (...)

 Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah delivers a speech in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, in October  2013. File photograph: Dean Kassim/AFP/Getty Images

EU officials on Wednesday accused Brunei of “rude” and “abusive” lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing (...)

Fine Gael has added Verona Murphy,  the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), to its general election ticket in Wexford. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael has added a third candidate to its general election ticket in Wexford, with the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) joini(...)

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly: “Increasingly what we deal with in the Irish parliament either comes from Europe directly or Europe is being used as an excuse why we can’t do things that benefit Irish people.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace will keep attending a variety of Oireachtas committees in Leinster House if they are elected to the European Parliamen(...)

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave held a press conference outside a coffee shop in Ranelagh on Wednesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave has said there “absolutely” could be a perception of hypocrisy over his criticism of Ireland’s tax regime, due to th(...)

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