Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald on the canvass in Dublin Central. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

Dublin Central (four seats) Current: 1 SF, 1 FG, 1 Ind Mary Lou McDonald is the only near certainty for election in Dublin Central, which for decade(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh on a bed of 3,000 nails at Dublin’s Explorium.

If Fine Gael is coming under increasing pressure as the election campaign hots up, the ever-affable Minister for Education Joe McHugh is certainly sho(...)

 Norma Burke aka Bunty Twuntingdon McFluff at City Hall. “I did this because I got so angry listening to people who want to be candidates but haven’t read the constitutional requirements for the job,” she said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

If you think things are daft now, imagine how completely bonkers the presidential candidate selection process is going to be in seven years’ time. An(...)

Gemma O’Doherty: clashed with council chairman  Martin Baker over filming of the  hearing.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Businessman Seán Gallagher has said he has asked councils who had proposed nominating him for the presidency to back other candidates in the interests(...)

From left: presidential nominees Joan Freeman, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Sean Gallagher

All local authorities have heard from would-be presidential candidates and made decisions on nominations Six candidates will contest the pr(...)

Senator Joan Freeman says that if elected president her “personal conviction would have absolutely no impact” on her public duty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent Senator Joan Freeman, who hopes to be a candidate in the presidential election next month, has said her faith was “absolutely responsible”(...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin: top row, Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

There are just under three weeks to go until nominations close for the role of president, and the latest polls suggest that four out of every five Iri(...)

Kevin Sharkey, presidential hopeful pitching Kildare County Council members for a nomination last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The death penalty should be imposed on anybody who harms an old person in their home, according to presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey. Mr Sharkey was(...)

Joan Freeman said she found trying to effect change in the Seanad very frustrating. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Senator Joan Freeman’s track record as a campaigner on mental health since was what prompted Fianna Fail councillors on Cork City Council to endorse h(...)

Seán Gallagher during his campaign for the presidency in 2011 .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At least 12 county and city councils are expected to hold votes to nominate Independent candidates for the presidential election this week, with busin(...)

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