Micheál Martin at the   count for  Cork South-Central. One long-serving TD said Martin was likely to know his position was under pressure. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

As a poor election got substantially worse for Fianna Fáil on the second day of counting, the mood within the party darkened. TDs emerged from count (...)

Ged Nash: ‘I would be burying my head in the sand if I said it has been a great weekend for the [Labour] party; it hasn’t.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour’s Ged Nash, Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd and Independent Peter Fitzpatrick won the remaining three seats in Louth edging out Fianna Fáil’s Declan (...)

County councillor Ruairi Ó Murchu  and former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams canvassing   in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin’s canvassers, lit up on a grey January afternoon in their party-branded high-vis vests, are fanning out like ground troops across the Cox’s (...)

Fergus O’Dowd, a former Fine Gael junior minister and TD since 2002, looks guaranteed to be re-elected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Louth (five seats) Current: 2 SF, 1 FF, 1 FG, 1 Ind This constituency could see the five seats shared among five parties. There is expected to be a(...)

Louth TD Declan Breathnach, centre, at a protest outside Government Buildings in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Border county TD has dismissed a UK think tank’s proposed alternatives to replace the contentious Brexit backstop after attending the group’s “round(...)

Tuesday’s murder of Keith Branigan in Clogherhead has resulted in a palpable fear of more attacks. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

The first murder in the 13-month feud between drugs gangs based in Drogheda, Co Louth, was regarded as inevitable by gardaí working in the region. In(...)

Premiums had recently risen from about €200 per unit per year to as high as €300. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of bouncy castle operators face going out of business following a decision by the industry’s main UK-based insurance provider to withdraw fro(...)

Gardaí believe the gunman was driven to and from the scene by an accomplice in a red VW Golf with false registration plates. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

A man was recovering in hospital on Thursday night having been shot three times as he worked on a property in Co Louth with a number of other men. Ga(...)

The UK government’s  proposal would see no import tariffs on goods coming from Ireland to Northern Ireland, while London would impose no new checks or controls on such goods. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“Living on the border, we’ve all engaged in a wee bit of smuggling,” recalls Declan Breathnach, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth. “It was seen in the past as (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney welcomes Britain’s Prince Charles before dinner at the Irish embassy in London on March 6th.

It’s been a busy week for Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney as Britain’s Brexit bandwagon lurches unsteadily towards God only kn(...)

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