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Mary Lou McDonald was the star of the campaign, and her repeated attacks on Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for, as she claimed, being in power together for four years were brutally effective. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Two years after she was elected Sinn Féin president, Mary Lou McDonald has wildly exceeded the expectations of party members who chose her to succeed (...)

The results of phantom polls can travel along the constituency bush telegraph, suggesting that one candidate or another is in trouble. Photograph: Frank Miller

If the final days of an election campaign are when swing voters traditionally make up their minds, then they are also often the days when discipline b(...)

Election candidate Joe Flaherty with Longford butcher Christy Monaghan and his customer Katherina Connellan on Thursday morning. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

“Make Longford Matter” is the campaign slogan local Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Flaherty hopes will help him secure a seat in the general election. Lo(...)

John Deasy said the time was right for him to leave politics. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Fine Gael TD John Deasy has confirmed he is to retire from politics at the next general election. Mr Deasy, who is the Government’s envoy to the US Co(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Barry Andrews speaking to media during the European count in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

The fourth MEP elected in Dublin, and the fifth in the Ireland South constituency, will have no formal or informal position, no salary, expenses or fa(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “There will be one count – one count in Dublin for the four seats and one count in Ireland South for the five seats.”  Photograph: Tom Honan

Candidates placed in reserve and who will not take up their seats in the European Parliament until Brexit takes effect are not expected to receive a s(...)

Paddy Duffy, former political adviser to Bertie Ahern, has died.  File photograph: Frank Miller

A former senior adviser to Bertie Ahern has died while travelling back to Dublin from Papau New Guinea with the former taoiseach. Paddy Duffy, who re(...)

Gino Kenny: “They should have at least given me a month’s notice.” Photograph: Alan Betson

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has complained after he was evicted from his constituency office. The office on New Road, Clondalkin, which the Du(...)

Babette’s Feast: a film about the  generosity and redemptive power of a young  woman in a 19th century rural community who   serves a sumptuous feast to the quarrelsome, religiously narrow-minded villagers

When Pope Francis recently arranged for a number of Rome’s homeless people to be given the best seats at his weekly Mass it was no doubt to remind us (...)

Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that motor car premiums rose by 28 per cent year-on-year in August.

The Central Bank of Ireland yesterday brought us further evidence of the woes of the Irish motor insurance industry. Its Insurance Statistics 2015 r(...)

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