John Maher

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 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin with candidate Ged Nash: There might have been a view that the party’s leading personalities had been around for a long time and it needed an injection of youth. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Politics is a brutal business and the fate of the Labour Party is proof of that. In 2011, the party returned 37 seats and most constituencies in Dubl(...)

Last time out, Solidarity’s Mick Barry took the second seat in this constituency. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cork North-Central (four seats) Current: 1 FF, 1 SF, 1 S-PBP, 1 vacant (as a result of resignation of FG’s Dara Murphy) Cork North-Central may well (...)

Cork Rebels for Peace Rally outside Cork City Hall.  Photograph: Barry Roche

Cork is an open, welcoming city that rejects the politics of hate fomented by far right groups under the guise of seeking to protect freedom of speech(...)

Newly elected Fianna Fál TD  Padraig O’Sullivan and party leader Micheal Martin  at the Cork North Central byelection count centre.Photograph: Provison

Fianna Fáil has won two seats and Sinn Féin and Greens took one each in the byelections held in four different constituencies on Saturday. Sinn Féin’(...)

Dara Murphy is stepping down as a TD with Fine Gael to take up a job in the cabinet of EU commissioner Mariya Gabriel. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a devastating Wednesday in the Dáil as TDs came to terms with the shock news that they would no longer hear the familiar voice of Dara Murphy e(...)

Castleblayney woman Samantha Callan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

A 24-year-old woman involved in a collision that led to the death of an elderly pedestrian has been given a two-year suspended sentence at Monaghan Ci(...)

Kathleen Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1994. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Labour TD and junior minister Kathleen Lynch has announced she will not contest the Cork North Central byelection, expected to be held in Novem(...)

Wesley prop  Sam Illo is tackled during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup first-round game against  Clongowes Wood  at Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Clongowes Wood College 20 Wesley College 7 It took the opportunism of John Maher to guide Clongowes Wood into the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns

In January 1977 a young punk band called Buzzcocks walked into the Manchester branch of Virgin with a box of singles they wanted to sell. They had set(...)

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