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Newly re-elected Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl in the Dáil on Thursday. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Seán Ó Fearghaíl is a former Fianna Fáil chief whip who served as the ceann comhairle in the last Dáil. He was the first person to be elected as ceann(...)

Róisín Shortall (65) was one of the Labour TDs who swept in to the Dáil on the “Spring tide” in 1992 and has been a high-profile TD since then. She m(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been elected in Dublin West after fifth count. Phograph:   Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Fine Gael will “do its duty” and lead the Opposition if it cannot form a government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. In such a scenario he would see(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the press at a count centre in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

As counting continued on Sunday in the general election, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she had been in touch with the Greens, Social Democra(...)

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary: ‘I love this place. I love this town,’ he declares. ‘I love this county. I am so lucky to be living here.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

In his hometown of Ballina in Co Mayo, Dara Calleary is trying to paint the bigger picture. Fianna Fáil’s deputy leader is outlining the challenges f(...)

Labour’s Joan Burton has said while the party will not increase taxes on ordinary workers, it will be providing for taxation increases amounting to about €400 million per year. File photograph: Collins Courts

The Labour Party says it will fund annual increases of €5 for social welfare payments and increase the bank levy as part of their economic policy. Th(...)

Election campaign in full swing: Fine Gael has this morning published a version of the Fianna Fáil manifesto that features the slogan “no costings, no credibility”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael has accused Fianna Fáil of failing to provide adequate funding for public pay, the health budget and childcare supports. The party has on S(...)

The expert view is that ‘this is a short campaign and there is a big opportunity, because the reality is most candidates won’t get to knock on a lot of doors’. File photograph: Getty

Younger voters live digital lives, have shorter attention spans, and are interested in issues not political parties, say experts. Consequently, politi(...)

Fianna Fáil says it will prevent so-called cuckoo funds from buying up entire developments. Photograph: Getty

Fianna Fáil says it has decided against implementing a rent freeze if elected after legal advice stated that such a proposal would be “unconstitutiona(...)

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said the party was committed to delivering what it says is the “largest public house building programme in the history of the State” if it was in government after the election. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Sinn Féin has promised to reduce mortgage interest rates if they enter government through new legislation which would allow the Central Bank to tell t(...)

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