Mary Butler

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The results of the 2016 general election so far indicate the 32nd Dail will see a range of new faces arriving at Leinster House. The new deputies ran(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin canvassing with Mary Butler in Waterford. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil newcomer Mary Butler has come from nowhere to being elected in Waterford in her first outing in a general election. From Portlaw, Butler i(...)

On the stump for Fine Gael: Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, and Dublin Bay South candidate Kate O’Connell. Photograph: Barry Cronin

The final week of campaigning in the general election will see the political parties and their leaders give greater focus to a number of key constitu(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on the campaign trail in Killarney, Co Kerry, with one of the party’s candidates, Cllr Norma Foley. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The winter storms have taken their toll. Near Rosscahill on the Lakes of Killarney, half a dozen rowing boats have sunk in the water, only their prows(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin talks  to butcher Ben Flynn while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Don’t talk to Micheál Martin about polls. The man has no time for them. No time whatsoever. This isn’t a new thing for the leader of Fianna Fáil. He c(...)

The scene at Rockville Drive off the Glanamuck Road where a digger was blocked from entering a site on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Housing officials from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will on Wednesday meet residents of a Carrickmines estate who say they do not want a grou(...)

Majella Rippington, older sister of the late Celine Murphy, sought to ‘damnify her sister’s mental capacity’, the High Court heard. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

A woman contesting her late sister’s will has engaged in four years of litigation “to effectively challenge her sister’s autonomy” in deciding to leav(...)

Bishop Michael Cox pictured leaving court on Thursday after the third day of a High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Tridentine Bishop Michael Cox has told the High Court he did not in any way influence a woman whose will is at the centre of a legal dispute. He said (...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor won the Fine Gael selection convention in Dún Laoghaire: The party has now held 18 conventions and picked 11 female candidates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael strategists believe the party will have an election edge over Fianna Fáil because of greater progress in the selection of women candidates t(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

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