Lucinda Creighton at Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Relatively new Renua will be hoping to return its “big beasts” at the party’s first national electoral test, with any additional seats a pleasant surp(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

A poster for Renua’s Terence Flanagan has had its “public meeting” sticker begin to peel off in the wind (left), while other posters have seen the stickers removed completely (right). Photographs: Stephen Ray

Storm Henry may have left some disgruntled election candidates in its wake after Monday night’s strong winds blew stickers off public meeting posters,(...)

  The Irish rugby squad board the Aer Lingus  aircraft as they head   to the World Cup in England in September. Although it did not end well, the team did well enough in the early stages to become the most-searched  topic on Google Ireland this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Rugby World Cup was the top search item on Irish Google last year. Ireland’s rugby campaign was cut short by a comprehensive defeat to Argentina (...)

Renua TD Terence Flanagan at Leinster House. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected a Bill that would stop Ryanair from obliging passengers to show their passport as identification for flights between Irela(...)

Archbishop of Tuam   Michael Neary: “None of us should entrust the decisions of our conscience to another on issues like this which are, literally, matters of life and death,” he wrote in a letter  to Enda Kenny at height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

  An archbishop contacted the Taoiseach at the height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation, saying he hoped Enda (...)

Party says domestic wealth creators not valued by the Irish State. Photograph: The Irish Times

The rate of universal social charge (USC) paid by the self-employed would be brought into line with PAYE workers under proposals from Renua. The part(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

Game Of Thrones featuring Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photograph: HBO Enterprises publicity shot.

It was a nerve-wracking day for a Game of Thrones watcher. I spent it wondering what plot twist the scriptwriters would deliver in the final episode o(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

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