Sorca Clarke’s supporters awaiting the result of the first count for Longford-Westmeath in Athlone earlier this evening. Photograph: Colm Keena

The stand-out feature of the election in Longford-Westmeath was the vote for Sinn Fein candidate Sorca Clarke. The Mullingar-based mother-of-four who(...)

Election candidate Joe Flaherty with Longford butcher Christy Monaghan and his customer Katherina Connellan on Thursday morning. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

“Make Longford Matter” is the campaign slogan local Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Flaherty hopes will help him secure a seat in the general election. Lo(...)

 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(...)

Paddy Tully (centre flat cap) keeps an eye on the prices at the mart in Granard, Co Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

It is at sleepy crossroads such as Ballinalee that Leo Varadkar faces some of his toughest challenges. Situated between Granard and Longford town, th(...)