Catherine Murphy TD and Roisín Shorthall TD  at the Social Democrats inaugural National Conference in Dublin on Saturday.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For comparison purposes, a good place to start with the Social Democrats would be Donald Trump. Before its supporters start choking on their flat w(...)

 Gathering to mark the settlement between Paddy McKillen (front row centre) and the Barclay Brothers and members of McKillen’s team including Mike Aynsley (front row with glass in hand) and Richard Woodhouse (front row second from right)

For many years, Mark Hollingsworth has used his role as a journalist and author to spy on people and inveigle information useful to his wealthy client(...)

Dublin Mid-West candidate Anne Marie McNally: “We’re the first generation who can’t afford to own their own home.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Traditional parties need to “beware the young voter”, Social Democrats candidates have warned as they launched their youth manifesto. The party claim(...)

Socially aware: Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and  Róisín Shortall of the Social Democrats. The party has unveiled its housing policy ahead of the election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Social Democrats have proposed a new department of communities, housing and planning, as a means of tackling the housing and homeless crisis. The(...)

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 (...)

 Roisin Shortall: TD says the Dáil must be recalled to discuss and debate the report.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Labour Party should have “stood up and spoken out” over the contents of the Fennelly report, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. Ms Shor(...)