Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Even very early on in the count, it was shaping up to be a very difficult weekend for Sinn Féin and its leader who now faces her second disaster - two(...)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan speaks to the media as  counting begins in the Local and European Elections and divorce referendum at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: PA

For some time now, it has been one of the obvious questions about Irish politics: why, at a time of unprecedented public concern about the environment(...)

Mary Lou McDonald on the screen during the Sinn Féin special ardfheis held in the RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For some members, it was as simple as a change in colour. Purple was just too much. After the presidential election, a low point of Mary Lou McDonald(...)

In the RTÉ/Red C poll Peter Casey easily outscored the other presidential election candidates on “the ability to stand up for ordinary people”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Michael D Higgins won the presidential election with votes to spare but most of the commentary in the aftermath has been about the reasons for the dra(...)

The announcement by Mary Lou McDonald (pictured, with Michelle O’Neill) that Sinn Féin will not take part in any of the official events to mark the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland gives the lie to the notion that her leadership represents a new departure for the party. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Mary Lou McDonald’s announcement that Sinn Féin will not take part in any of the official events to mark the centenary of the establishment of Norther(...)

Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath,  urged voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

As deputy leader of Fianna Fáil, Dara Calleary was the party’s highest-ranking TD to campaign for the retention of the Eighth Amendment in May’s refer(...)

 Super-junior Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath:  “I wouldn’t feel comfortable wining and dining there”

Several prominent politicians, including Ministers and party leaders, have declined invitations to attend the US embassy’s celebration of American ind(...)

Micheál Martin: he may need to go against his natural inclinations and forcefully impose his will on the party

At least one Fianna Fáil TD is clear about what Micheál Martin must do to impose discipline on his parliamentary party. “Anyone who sticks their hea(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (centre) with Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly and Ian Marshall, a unionist farmer who has been elected to the  Seanad. Photograph: @MaryLouMcDonald/PA Wire

A newly-elected Senator backed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he is willing to vote against the so-called “backstop” arrangement that would see Northe(...)

Ian Marshall: was supported by most in Fine Gael, as well as Sinn Féin

Two Seanad byelection counts took place in Leinster House on Friday, with former Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ian Marshall and former Fine Gael TD (...)

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