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 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

The ECB is widely expected by economists to outline plans  to end bond purchases this year. Photograph: iStock

The State’s debt agency sold €1 billion of bonds on Thursday morning, reaching 96 per cent of its minimum full-year fundraising target, hours ahead of(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

The newly issued £1 coin. Sterling rallied by as much as 0.6 per cent to 86.3p after the prime minister’s speech and the European Commission’s initial response. Photo Illustration: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

European financial markets endured a choppy day of trading on Wednesday as markets digested the UK’s formal pressing of the start button on leaving th(...)

Deutsche Bank forecasts that Ireland’s gross domestic product growth will fall to 2.9 per cent next year from 5 per cent this year. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Europe’s largest investment bank sees Irish economic growth slowing down at a quicker pace than the market expects next year as Brexit proves to be “m(...)

Emmet Stagg: The former Kildare North Labour deputy  said entering a government arrangement would be disastrous for Labour and the idea should be opposed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There is large-scale opposition among Labour’s elected representatives to involvement in a Fine Gael-led minority government. A clear majority of th(...)

Labour’s Aodhan O’Riordain who lost his Dáil seat in the general elecction has been selected to run for the party on the Seanad’s industrial and commercial panel. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two ministers of State who lost their Dáil seats in the general election, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Kevin Humphreys, have been announced as the Labour Par(...)

 Aodhán Ó Riordáin: battling for   nomination to run for  industrial and commercial panel.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Labour TDs Kevin Humphreys and Joanna Tuffy are to compete head-to-head for a single nomination to run for the Seanad. And Minister of State (...)

Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Abi Boxshall (2), from Lucan, at the  launch of Standing Up For Families, Labour’s plan for quality and affordable childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has pledged significant reductions in childcare costs if the Labour Party is returned to Government. Launching the plan along wi(...)

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