The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  after voting in Scoil Thomais in Castleknock, Dublin. His Fine Gael party is hoping to make gains in the local elections, although party figures do not expect it to overtake Fianna Fáil as the largest party in local government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While much of the attention of the past few weeks has centred on the outcome of the European elections, the local elections are regarded as a more acc(...)

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD: “We will ensure that people in Northern Ireland will still have access to European Health Insurance Cards.” File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dubliners will be asked in 2021 if they want to have a directly elected mayor depending on the outcome of a citizens’ assembly on the issue, Taoiseach(...)

Independent Senator Michael McDowell, leading opponent of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government might make another effort to guillotine one of the longest running legislation debates in Irish parliamentary history after narrowly fa(...)

The Minister had wanted to complete all stages of the Irish Fisheries (Amendment) Bill in the Seanad on Thursday to have it finalised before the March 29th deadline for the UK’s departure from the EU.

A final decision on legislation allowing Northern fishing vessels access to Irish waters has been delayed until two days before the Brexit March 29th (...)

Road safety, particularly in the northwest, has to be reviewed in the wake of the tragedy at the weekend in which four young men were killed in a cras(...)

A queue forms outside the Capuchin Day Centre for family necessities on Monday morning. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Government’s investment in relieving poverty following the revelation that hundreds of women, many of them hom(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty on illness benefit delays: “We have not been covered in glory the past few weeks.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has apologised to illness benefit recipients who did not receive their payment this week. She says that(...)

Micheál Martin at Dublin Castle for the referendum results on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The high level of support for repealing the Eighth Amendment across the country won’t impact on Fianna Fáil’s chances in the next general election des(...)

Votes are counted at the RDS during the Abortion Referendum count. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

“I think we’ve all just grown up a little bit,” said Independent Dublin South Central TD Joan Collins as the referendum result for her constituency wa(...)

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