Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Independent candidate Averil Power has been eliminated from the race for a Dáil seat in Dublin Bay North. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Independent Senator Averil Power has been eliminated from the Dublin Bay North count. After a recount of Ms Power’s votes and those of the candidates(...)

John Giles outside the house in which he lived prior to the unveiling of a plague in his honour at Ormond Square in Dublin in 2006. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John Giles did not know Aodhán Ó Ríordáin was going to become a politician but he’s still happy to play ball. At an event on Tuesday promoting the n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. RTÉ has denied claims it uninvited audience members from Sunday night’s general election debate at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

RTÉ has denied claims it uninvited audience members from Sunday night’s general election debate at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. The exclusion of (...)

Is there a late surprise left in this general election campaign? Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It has been the shortest campaign in history but even three weeks has been too long. Last week, the parties started to run out of things to stay. The(...)

 The Labour Party’s Minister for Communications Alex White said “no other major political party or grouping will deliver this referendum”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to a mother and her unborn child, is likely to(...)

Becky Gray (10), Zheng-Jun Wang (9), Lizzie Cunningham (9), Charlie Lonergan (11) and Molly Garvey (9) from Holycross National School, Dundrum after giving their views on Monday Nights Leaders Debate. Photograph: Enda O'Dowd / The Irish Times

It is old news that 96 per cent of taxpayer-funded primary schools in Ireland are permitted by law to turn away a child on the basis of religion. Stor(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (centre), with Leo Varadkar TD (L) and Simon Harris (R), announcing plans to abolish the USC by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Let’s paint a scene. A party in the Irish general election decides that the main plank of its policy is to develop a nuclear bomb and declare war on (...)

Enda Kenny said he favoured a higher level of recruitment of Irish speakers to ensure that people could conduct businesss in Irish. Photograph: PA

One-fifth of places on public service application panels will be filled by people able to speak Irish fluently, the Taoiseach has pledged. In an inte(...)

A planned debate in Irish between the party leaders was cancelled due to the lack of fluency of both Labour leader Joan Burton and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The planned party leaders’ debate ‘as Gaeilge’ on TG4 has been abandoned because it was impossible to accommodate the weaker spoken Irish of Joan Burt(...)

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