Mary Lou McDonald on the screen during the Sinn Féin special ardfheis held in the RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For some members, it was as simple as a change in colour. Purple was just too much. After the presidential election, a low point of Mary Lou McDonald(...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Katherine Zappone, at Aras an Uachtarain as part of his visit to Ireland in August. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Government has not yet received a reply from Pope Francis to a request that the Catholic Church contribute to the cost of reparation at the former(...)

“Mosquito alarms”: there have been increased reports of  businesses around Dublin  using these devices to stop teenagers from  hanging around their premises

Anti-loitering devices which emit a high-pitched noise to deter teenagers from hanging around constitute a form of assault, Minister for Justice Charl(...)

Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All: Leo Varadkar launches his advertising campaign in April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Social Protection has identified just one suspected case of identity fraud this year, it has emerged. The department said in respon(...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It won’t go unnoticed amongst marriage equality campaigners that several candidates who were to the fore during last year’s referendum failed to get e(...)

Seán Haughey with his wife Orla in the RDS: “Politics is not easy and this must be a very difficult night for [Averil Power]. Democracy can be cruel.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The general election has resulted in a swing to the left in Dublin Bay North and Dublin South Central. In Dublin South-Central, Anti-Austerity Allia(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

There were emotional scenes at the RDS count today as Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin lost his seat to Sinn Féin candidate Denise Mitchell (...)

Independent Senator Averil Power at the Dublin Bay North recount in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

For one horrifying moment, it looked like the recounts had been abandoned in favour of a total rerun. It was late afternoon in the RDS and a smiling (...)

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(...)

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