President incumbent Michael D Higgins received 77 per cent of the first preference ‘virtual votes’ in an Irish Times Abroad online poll of Irish people living overseas this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three in four Irish people living overseas who took part in an Irish Times Abroad online poll would have voted for Michael D Higgins, had they been ab(...)

Siobhan Quill’s dog Buffy waits outside a polling station in Ireland. Photograph: Siobhan Quill/PA

The President could change in the coming days, but the tradition of Irish voters bringing their dogs to the polls seems to be going nowhere. The hash(...)

President Michael D. Higgins. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has come to the defence of Michael D Higgins after criticisms of the President for using the Government jet to trave(...)

Presidential candidates approval on October 17th 2018

Michael D Higgins is streets ahead of all other candidates in the race to become the next President of Ireland. Today’s poll registers first preferenc(...)

With just over a week to go before voters go to the polls, then, it will take a massive swing to one of Higgins’s rivals, or complacency on a huge scale on the part of president’s supporters, to block his re-election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s Michael D Higgins’s to lose. That’s the clear conclusion to be drawn from the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll on the presidential elec(...)

Sinn Féin presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada has pledged to hold legislators to account and remind them of their duty of care to the Irish people i(...)

The presidential election is set for Friday, October 26th, 2018. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Nominations for the presidential election officially closed at noon on Wednesday, with six candidates on the official ballot paper. Within hours of t(...)

Brendan Howlin  said he spoke to President Higgins in recent days, and predicted a “broad coalition” will back his re-election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins will have no difficulty in publishing his expenses and costs associated with Áras an Uachtaráin, Labour leader Brendan How(...)

The Gearagh was flooded as part the River Lee Hydro-electric scheme in the 1950s

The ESB has been urged to restore pathways in Ireland’s only extensive alluvial forest to a proper standard so that people can continue access the ame(...)

Sinn Féin Ireland South European elections candidate, Liadh Ní Riada, has said she was contacted by an expert in plant ecology who had series concerns over the extensive felling of Japanese larch proposed for Gougane Barra. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Coillte and the Forest Service have been called upon to clarify the extent of a fungal disease among trees at the Gougane Barra Forest Park in Co Cork(...)