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Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

If Wednesday’s historic announcement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael marked the end of Civil War politics, its beginnings can be traced to a vote on(...)

Data from the Ipsos MRBI exit poll commissioned by the Irish Times, RTÉ and UCD.

The dead heat between the three biggest parties in the general election reflects a remarkable generational divide between those who voted for the two (...)

At least half the ballot papers cast on Saturday will not be counted beyond the number one. File photograph: Collins

Our single transferrable vote system of proportional representation – or PR-STV – is one of the most flexible and subtle systems anywhere in the (...)

Seamus Mallon and Charles Haughey during the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in the RDS, Dublin, in November 1995. Photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Haughey never spoke to Seamus Mallon again after the SDLP deputy leader came out strongly in support of the Anglo- Irish Agreement negotiated (...)

 The late Brendan Ó Cathaoir: devoted the best part of 10 years to editing for publication the diary of Elizabeth Mathew Dillon. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sadness at the passing of Brendan Ó Cathaoir is tempered somewhat by the fact that before he died he managed to complete the enormous task he had set (...)

Phil Hogan: “Dublin, London and Brussels need to be inclusive and careful in addressing the sensitivities of all stakeholders in Northern Ireland.” Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan is now a powerful and influential figure on the world stage, representing the interests of the 450 million people who(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Good morning, We bring you some very sad news this morning. Noel Whelan, our political columnist, barrister, author and well-known political analyst,(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe ‘is facing the biggest challenge of his political career’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the coming months the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, will have to take a range of critical decisions which will make or break the Governmen(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD with local election candidates at the launch of the Green Party’s local election manifesto in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The political manoeuvring after the local elections that enabled an alliance of Fianna Fáil, Greens and Labour take control of three of the four Dubli(...)

Fine Gael MEP candidate Sean Kelly has been elected and Independents4Change candidate Mick Wallace is almost certainly home. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Good morning. It’s been a long week. Actually, it’s been a long few weeks. But we’re nearly there. Last night, the count was completed in the Midland(...)

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