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 Chairman of Fine Gael parliamentary party Richard Bruton: "I think people did perceive the party as not being ‘on your side’ and that is one of the most difficult challenges if a party comes to be perceived as being sort of detached."  Photograph: Laura Hutton

Fine Gael was seen as detached and not on the side of the public in this year’s general election, according to the blunt finding of an internal party (...)

Goalposts lie on the turf at Hackney Marshes in London after Friday’s announcement that the Premier League has suspended all matches until Saturday April 4th, 2020. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Children would still use “jumpers for goalposts” even if sports infrastructure was removed from public parks due to coronavirus restrictions, Dublin C(...)

Against expectations, former Dublin Bay South TD Kate O’Connell has been excluded from the nominations to run for Fine Gael in the Seanad election which takes place next month. File photograph: Eric Luke

An internal Green Party row over the selection process for Seanad election nominees has delayed the announcement of its candidates for the vocational (...)

File image of RIC cadets in Dublin. File photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

The general election was bookended by two episodes which show how remembrance of the State’s past remains current affairs. Fine Gael’s postponed, an(...)

Dublin Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe. File photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The incumbent Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe (43) has served as a Fianna Fáil councillor since 2009, but originally sought election to the counci(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly, elected  in the Wicklow Count Centre, Greystones.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Counts have concluded in 39 general election constituencies, narrowly making Fianna Fáil  the largest party in the 33rd Dáil. Micheál Marti(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald arrives at the Dublin election count centre at the RDS. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Sinn Féin candidates stormed to a series of spectacular victories in general election counts last night, reshaping Ireland’s political landscape as pa(...)

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis after he was elected  in Dublin North West. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellie stormed to victory in Dublin North West with 44 per cent of the first preference vote, or 14,375 votes. A huge number of his(...)

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a parti(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin described Fine Gael TDs as coming from    more privileged backgrounds and of not having ‘that feel for working-class people,’ he said. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of a “nasty” and “deeply offensive” attack on Fine Gael as a party of privilege. (...)

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