A think tank has suggested that for the first time a combined ‘grand coalition’ of the EPP and the left-wing bloc will not have a majority in the European Parliament.

Anti-EU parties are likely to form the second largest bloc in the European Parliament after next month’s elections, a study of polling trends by a Eur(...)

Bertie Ahern jokes with Brian Cowen before announcing that he will resign as taoiseach in 2008. File photograph: Frank Miller

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Leo Varadkar:  “The success of a Varadkar-led Fine Gael is not just dependent on the policies he proposes but also on his ability to carry his message.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Political leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump not only redefined what their party stood for but redrew the l(...)

US president Barack Obama met with US president-elect Donald Trump in the  White House last week. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Change we can’t believe in. Think for a moment about the millions of people that voted for both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. While this may seem co(...)

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)