The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

If Fianna Fáil  makes gains across  capital, Micheál Martin could be on his way back to Government Buildings. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fianna Fáil tribe gathered recently to say farewell to the matriarch of one of its most famous families. Ann Lenihan, wife of Brian snr and mot(...)

Watched by Labour Party leader Joan Burton, the new Dáil’s youngest TD, Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers (25), makes his acceptance speech after being elected for the Dublin West constituency. Photograph: Alan Betson

25: There will be a number of young TDs taking seats in Leinster House for the new Dáil, and Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers claims the honour of being th(...)

Political parties described the turnout in Friday’s general election as “uneven”, with many politicians claiming a significant number of people remain(...)

Presiding officer Nancy Sharkey and Garda Siobhán Campbell carry the ballot box for Gola Island, off the west coast of Donegal, to the polling station. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Voters go to the polls today in an election that could see a hung Dáil as its final outcome. More than 3.2 million people are eligible to vote in 4(...)

Brian Walsh: Thanked for his service to the House.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael Galway West TD Brian Walsh has resigned his Dáil seat on medical grounds. Mr Walsh announced last November he was standing down as a candi(...)

Labour Party TD Michael McNamara. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government was forced to vote for the expulsion of one of its backbenchers following a heated Dáil row. Labour TD Michael McNamara refused to res(...)

 Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)

Pearse  Doherty (SF)  raised concerns over his parliamentary questions on the commission of inquiry into transactions at IBRC being disallowed.  “We are prevented from doing this but you can step out onto the plinth and anybody with an NUJ card, anyone who is accredited by the media, can ask the Ministers those questions.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The commission of inquiry into transactions at Irish Bank Resolution Corporation has cost €244,769 to date, it has emerged. Sinn Féin’s spokesman on F(...)

French ambassador to Ireland Jean Pierre Thébault (left) earlier this year with French PM Manuel Valls inaugurating the new French embassy at Merrion Square. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A minute’s silence was observed in the Dáil and in the Seanad to honour those who died and were injured in the Paris attacks. There was sustained appl(...)

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