Newly elected Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice (right) celebrates winning the Roscommon South Leitrim byelection with MEP Luke Ming Flanagan. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Independent candidate Michael Fitzmaurice has beaten Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton to win the Roscomm-South Leitrim byelection. Following the surpris(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Even his political opponents, outside and inside his own party, are in awe of his unrelenting work rate and dedication to the job.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The old adage “The harder I work, the luckier I get” simply does not seem to apply to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.Even his political opponents, (...)

Senator Terry Leyden:  has been campaigning for Ivan Connaughton, his party’s candidate in Roscommon-South Leitrim. File Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised The Irish Times for publishing a political opinion poll so close to the two byelections taking place in Roscommon(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘People need to reflect very carefully on some of the commitments and promises which are being made that are completely unachievable.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has responded to Sinn Féin’s surge in the latest Irish Times/Ispos MRBI poll by rubbishing the party’s promises as “unachievable”(...)

For many voters, the political thought processes really only crystallise close to polling day, with many making their minds in the final day. That’s why you will see that late opinion polls are often the most accurate.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Politicians always say they are not influenced by opinion polls and will invariably employ the cliché learned in Evasive Answers 101: “Opinion polls a(...)

Breege Coen votes early at the Oakwood Private Nursing Home, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, supervised by presiding officer James Raftery and Garda Liam McBrien  yesterday. Photograph: Mick McCormack

There is less certainty among Fine Gael TDs and Senators that the party’s candidate John McNulty will win the Seanad byelection on Friday following (...)

Roscommon and South Leitrim Constituency Profile: Roscommon and South Leitrim is somewhere you sense was never quite completed when (...)

The byelections to replace two TDs who have been elected to the European parliament, will take place on Friday, October 10th, Taoiseach Enda Kenny h(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his party should spell out in clear language the policy issues where it diverts radically from Fine Gael. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In sport, they call the third quarter the “moving quarter”, during which the team with the momentum and strength behind it takes a firm grip on the ga(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about its health budgets(...)

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