Local election candidate for Cabra-Glasnevin, Declan Meenagh, Labour,  canvassing Michael Bergin, in the Phibsborough area of Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politics starts with the local. In 2005, Declan Meenagh got his first taste of on-the-ground campaigning after Dublin City Council turned off audible (...)

Mairead McGuinness who was recently appointed leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Sitting Fine Gael MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins will be the party’s European election candidates for the new Midlands-North-West constituenc(...)