Mary Lou McDonald: ‘It’s an expensive business that isn’t covered by the expenses that we get.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she does not have the authority to direct TDs to make a donation to the party and does not seek such autho(...)

Séan Sherlock survived the battering suffered by Labour to retain his seat in the last election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cork East (four seats) Current: 1 FF, 1 FG, 1 Lab, 1 SF Cork East may in theory be an open four-seat constituency but in practice tends to be a some(...)

Mary Lou McDonald acknowledged  there was an “issue to be addressed” following a number of resignations. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The decision by Sinn Féin leadership frontrunner Mary Lou McDonald to examine how the party is run follows high-profile resignations amid allegations (...)

Former Sinn Féin TD  Sandra McLellan: accused party colleagues of seeking to undermine her. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is to change its disciplinary rules and establish a new investigation committee to examine internal complaints. The party’s ardfheis will c(...)

Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh O’Laoghaire with party leader Gerry Adams shortly before the election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Newly elected Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh O Laoghaire has expressed concern at the prospect of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition, saying it would do nothin(...)

Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly with Mary Lou McDonald celebrating her election in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A very modest record was broken in the general election, as the greatest-ever number of women TDs were returned to the Dáil. Back in 2011, a total of(...)

Deputy Sean Sherlock was the first over the line in Cork East securing his seat shortly after 7am on Sunday after a marathon count in Mallow You(...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD during a launch of a new billboard. File  photograph: Collins

Sinn Féin is certain to have a good election and will build on its current tally of 14 TDs. The 12 deputies who are contesting again (with Cork’s San(...)

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