Alan Kelly will have to settle for a position below Howlin, and is likely to be a brooding, bulky presence in a parliamentary party too small to pretend he isn’t there.

In the end it was a coronation. The process that resulted in Brendan Howlin becoming the new leader of the Labour Party was seamless. The politics of (...)

A contest between Brendan Howlin  (left) and Alan Kelly (right) for leadership of the Labour Party is now likely to take place.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Supporters of Alan Kelly believe he will be able to run against Brendan Howlin for the leadership of the Labour Party. Limerick TD and former ministe(...)

The Standards in Public Office Commission returns show Declan Kelly donated €1,000 to his brother Alan (above) and €1,499 to the Labour Party in Tipperary

The brother of former Labour minister for the environment Alan Kelly made a number of donations to party politicians last year. The latest Standards (...)

Brendan Howlin (centre) with fellow Labour TDs, including Seán Sherlock and Alan Kelly (right).  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Wexford TD Brendan Howlin is to run for the Labour Party leadership, having received the support of the majority of the parliamentary party to succee(...)

Living conditions and supports for the near 5,000 people  in direct provision have not improved. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is now 10 months since the Minister for Justice published a historic working group report. This was first fundamental review of the asylum process (...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad. Ms Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, was elected to the Industrial (...)

Some children are, through the circumstances into which they are born, at risk of harm.

Recent weeks have seen disturbing revelations about the abuse of vulnerable children, both in their own homes and in foster care. A case in the Galw(...)

Independents at Government Buildings following talks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enter their third day today and, following sessions on how the mechanics of a minority government will wor(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

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