Local election candidate for Cabra-Glasnevin, Declan Meenagh, Labour,  canvassing Michael Bergin, in the Phibsborough area of Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politics starts with the local. In 2005, Declan Meenagh got his first taste of on-the-ground campaigning after Dublin City Council turned off audible (...)

Turnout for the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015 was 61 per cent but for the children’s rights referendum in 2012 it was 34 per cent

Turnout is key in any election. It can be pretty predictable, usually somewhere in the mid-60s judging by the last handful of elections since 1997: 66(...)

 Former Westlifer Nicky Byrne meets fans while  on the red carpet ahead of  the official opening ceremony of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest,  at the Euroclub, Stockholm, Sweden,  May 8th, 2016. Byrne will perform the Irish entry in the contest, the  grand final  of which will take place  this Saturday, May 14th. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/EPA

Divas. Eurobeats. Leather. Coded messages about Russian foreign policy. Nicky Byrne from Westlife. Nude men frolicking with wolves. A trampoline. Th(...)

The general-election turnout in Dublin fell by 3.2 percentage points, from 62.9 per cent five years ago, to 59.7 per cent for February’s poll. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The gap between voter turnout in working-class and middle- class areas of Dublin city narrowed in the general election, new figures show. The number(...)

Newly-elected TD Gino Kenny of Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit speaking to people at Neilstown shopping centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Mary Kenny (77), mother of new TD Gino Kenny, moved to the suburb of Neilstown, west Dublin, in 1978, there was “nothing here”, she says. She and(...)

A canine candidate in Finglas, where Dogs Trust launched its election manifesto. Photograph: Fran Veale

Traditionally, the dogs in the street have been seen as a threat rather than an opportunity by canvassers. Alan Shatter’s team arrive on every doorste(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of the party’s advertisement campaign outside Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As we head into the second weekend of what we are currently calling the 2016 election, there is every possibility that we will end up having to call i(...)

Fine Gael candidate Stephanie Regan canvassing in Raheny, Dublin. Topics included  sugar content in children’s food and the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Posters, flags and badges are strewn across a messy living room-cum-campaign headquarters as first-time general election candidate Stephanie Regan pre(...)

Orla O’Connor: “When women are selected, they get elected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour, Sinn Féin and Fine Gael are on course to reach a legally required quota of women candidates for the next general election and retain their ful(...)

More than 120 countries allow citizens abroad to vote, but Ireland does not  allow emigrants to cast a ballot in presidential or Dáil elections. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Voting rights should be extended to Irish citizens living abroad, an Oireachtas committee has recommended. In its Report on Voting Rights of Irish Cit(...)

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