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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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has found his footing in this administration; Richard Bruton has gone about his work quietly while Michael Noonan has numbers to crunch ahead of the budget. But Shane Ross has failed to shine. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny He has survived and that counts for something. Yet it has come at a huge cost. Fine Gael had a terrible election, heavily losin(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail is the party’s candidate for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr O’Fearghail was chosen at a parliamentary party mee(...)

John Horgan: ‘It will take enormous stamina, youthful energy, and the ability to create or re-create a specifically Labour vision for the future of Ireland.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The election has demonstrated that one of the biggest shifts in electoral attitudes – and it is one that, in spite of the devastation of last week, sh(...)

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