Sinn Féin’s Rose Conway-Walsh. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Fine Gael’s Michael Ring topped the poll in Co Mayo and was elected to the Dáil with 14,796 votes on the first count. Also through on the first count (...)

Pat Mahon (83), a regular at Guiry’s Bar in Foxford, Co Mayo. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

In the small town of Foxford, Co Mayo, the regulars sitting around the Guinness tap in Guiry’s Bar have all heard the joke before, but it doesn’t stop(...)

 Leader Mary Lou McDonald at Sinn Féin’s general election candidate launch in the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Absence makes the heart grow fonder One clear winner emerged in the first televised face-off between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin – and it was nei(...)

Leo Varadkar with Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Leo’s green and pleasant performance in Cheshire should boost flagging spirits in Fine Gael, where the mood is not as chipper as some would like it to(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: are Oliver Callan’s barbs getting to him?  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

A clumsy attempt at comedy by Leo Varadkar on Thursday night had guests at a special dinner in Dublin wondering if comedian Oliver Callan’s well-aimed(...)

Maria Walsh says she does not come from the ‘pedigree’ side of Fine Gael. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ruffling the feathers of people with a Fine Gael pedigree who hold traditional values will be an important contribution by the new candidates for upco(...)

Alan and Eileen Mullarkey, who have been affected by construction on the wind farm project in north Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

When an ESB and Bord na Móna consortium sought approval for a €600 million onshore wind farm in north Mayo, there was a cautiously positive response t(...)

Fine Gael blasphemy referendum canvass at Tara Street Dart station, with YFG members (t-shirts), and (left to right) Sen Anthony Lawlor, Sen Colm Burke, Minister Charlie Flanagan, Sen Michelle Mulherin, and Cllr Barry Ward. Source: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, three Senators, and a few eager Young Fine Gael members turned up for a canvass outside Dublin’s Tara Street tr(...)

Risk register: Gardaí say an intruder alarm and CCTV systems should be installed to monitor access in offices and public waiting areas. File photograph: Getty Images

The gardaí are advising TDs to install panic buttons in their constituency offices and place a screen between staff and members of the public. The ad(...)

Fodder brought in from Brighton, England, is distributed to farmers affected by the fodder shortage, at Kiltoghert Co-Op, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is “no evidence whatsoever” to suggest that animals are dying from malnutrition as a result of the fodder crisis, Minister for Agriculture Micha(...)

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