Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall: Sláintecare plan had got off ‘to a very bad start’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have said a fully funded implementation of the Slaintecare health reform programme would be “an absolute red line” in any potenti(...)

Social Democrats launch their election campaign. Co-leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy with candidate Gary Gannon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

At the launch of their general election campaign the Social Democrats emphasised their commitment to delivering on core issues: housing, health and pu(...)

Zoran Milanovic and his wife Sanja Music Milanovic celebrate following the initial results in Croatia’s presidential election. Photograph: Denis Lovrovic/AFP via Getty

Conservative Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic has predicted a “hard cohabitation” with incoming leftist president Zoran Milanovic, as the coun(...)

Cork Rebels for Peace Rally outside Cork City Hall.  Photograph: Barry Roche

Cork is an open, welcoming city that rejects the politics of hate fomented by far right groups under the guise of seeking to protect freedom of speech(...)

Former senator James Heffernan. File photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Laptops, printers, tablets and scanners are among the pieces of IT equipment not returned to the Oireachtas by politicians after they lost their seats(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea speaks during a press conference in Bucharest on Sunday after the closure of polling stations for the Europan parliament elections. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Romanians have delivered a rebuke to their ruling Social Democrats (PSD) by strongly backing opposition parties in the European elections and voting i(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. File photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has urged the people of Cork city to come out and back a plebiscite to allow for a directly-elected Lord Mayor. The Minister f(...)

Grace McManus “Representation is important. It’s not everything. I want to be there because I’m skilled and I have the knowledge and I have worked hard to be there.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Last summer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made international headlines when she defeated a ten-term incumbent Congressman in the Democratic primary for Ne(...)

Presidential candidate Stevo Pendarovski celebrates after preliminary results during the presidential election in Skopje. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

The European Union has welcomed the election of Stevo Pendarovski as president of North Macedonia, the recently renamed Balkan state that hopes to sta(...)

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