Newly elected TD for Dublin South-West Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The irish times

Independent Katherine Zappone was “unreservedly jubilant” after she was confirmed as elected in the Dublin South-West constituency on Monday night. T(...)

There is some concern in the Coaltion that the improvements in direct provision system, as well as a recovering economy, could make Ireland a destination country for immigrants. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition is increasingly concerned about a spike in migrants coming to Ireland, with hundreds arriving via the United Kingdom in recent months(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)