The veteran Fianna Fáil politician, Pat the Cope Gallagher, has lost his seat in Donegal after more than four decades as an elected representative in the county. Photograph: The Irish Times

As in Donegal as in the rest of the country it was Sinn Féin’s election, with its two candidates, Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn taking a who(...)

Conor  Murphy said the ‘DUP/Tory pact’ was ‘the biggest single opposition to the restoration of the institutions’

The restoration of the North’s power-sharing Assembly is still possible, the Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has told the party’s ardfheis. Speaking to d(...)

Sectors such as fruit picking are seen as the most likely beneficiaries of the proposed new system. Photograph: iStock

The Republic is an “outlier” in Europe because it has no system for granting seasonal employment permits for foreign workers in sectors such as fruit (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh pointed out that the school curriculum was determined through an extensive process conducted by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which resulted in the production of syllabuses or specifications for each subject area.  File image: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Senator who championed legislation to ensure Traveller history and culture is taught as part of the school curriculum has expressed her regret at (...)

In his letter, Kevin O’Connell complains he has become ‘the personification’ of all that went wrong, and suggests he is not wholly to blame. Photograph: Collins Courts

The man whose shredding of files helped collapse the trial of former Anglo chairman Seán FitzPatrick wants a public hearing to explain his errors. Ke(...)

The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Business journalists don’t get out that much. We tend to be kept locked in the basement to crunch numbers and write about profits and bonds. If we’re (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and Labour’s Alan Kelly were among  TDs who reported receiving donations to the Standards in Public Office Commission last year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Michael McGrath, his finance spokesman, received €1,000 each from their party last year, official records show. (...)

The North-South “voisinage” agreement on reciprocal fishing rights within the zero to six-mile limits dates back to the 1960s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed has said he was “reflecting” on legislation allowing reciprocal coastal fishing rights on both sides of the Bord(...)

Controversial legislation on fishing access to Irish waters would deliver an “open back door” to EU vessels and undermine Ireland’s position during Brexit talks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Controversial legislation on fishing access to Irish waters would deliver an “open back door” to EU vessels and undermine Ireland’s position during Br(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

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