Marian Harkin

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Liam McCaffrey, John ‘Bosco’ O’Hagan, Dara O’Reilly, John McCartin and Tony Lunney, brother of Kevin Lunney, lead the rally of support by the staff of Quinn Industrial Holdings  in Derrylin on September 20th, a few days after the attack on Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The person who paid the gang that tortured businessman Kevin Lunney needs to be identified and “brought to heel”, one of Mr Lunney’s fellow directors(...)

Fine Gael European election candidate Maria Walsh dancing with party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Away from the bright sunlight, deep in the gloomy windowless interior of Loughrea Mart, we pass the cattle and sheep rings and arrive at an ante-room.(...)

Peter Casey: his views on immigration and Travellers have been portrayed by opponents as ‘dog-whistle’ politics. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Businessman Peter Casey had intended as recently as two weeks ago to stand as a candidate for the Dáil in the next general election but changed his mi(...)

 Marian Harkin (centre) celebrating with supporters after her election to the  European Parliament in 2009. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Marian Harkin (65), the Independent MEP for Midlands, North & West, has announced she will not be a candidate in the European Parliament elections(...)

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan at the count centre for the local and European elections. File photograph: Keith Heneghan

Significant changes in Ireland’s representation in the European Parliament are likely at next year’s elections as boundary changes, retirements and el(...)

Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

“There is,” as the independent MEP Marian Harkin observed with some serious diplomatic understatement, “ample opportunity to misspend.” Matt Carthy o(...)

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: was first arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in Evin Prison. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty

They are two women among hundreds of political prisoners in Iran. Both are incarcerated on the women’s ward of Tehran’s Evin Prison. Both have receive(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee: ‘The country simply did not have the resources at that stage to commit to that level of investment’, a spokesman for Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended his decision when minister for transport more than six years ago to drop west and northwest projects from an EU cr(...)

Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An application for EU funding for transport projects in the west and northwest was dropped following the intervention of Leo Varadkar when he was mini(...)

Emmanuel Macron at the launch of the European Head of States and Governments in Brussels on Friday: parties jumping aboard his new centrist vehicle will have to be unhappy with its current arrangement. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Through a mix of cunning, opportunism and exceptional timing, Emmanuel Macron upended French politics. Could he do the same for the European Union? Th(...)

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