The Dublin Bay South byelection result was a blow to Taoiseach Micheál Martin, but a disaster for his presumed rival Jim O’Callaghan (left). File photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

The three Government parties each experienced disappointing results in last week’s Dublin Bay South byelection. Fine Gael lost its seat in a tradition(...)

Labour Candidate Ivana Bacik at the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

So what does the Dublin Bay South byelection tell us, beyond hopefully consigning the term “heartland” to history?  First up it’s the plethora o(...)

Fianna Fáil Dublin Bay South director of elections Jim O’Callaghan and byelection candidate Deirdre Conroy at the RDS count centre for what was a “shockingly bad result’ for the party. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil director of elections for Dublin Bay South Jim O’Callaghan has said on Sunday he would not sign a motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Mic(...)

Ivana Bacik with Labour Party leader Alan Kelly at the RDS as she tops the poll in the Dublin Bay South byelection. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Labour Party candidate Ivana Bacik won a resounding victory for her party in the Dublin Bay South byelection last night in a disappointing result for (...)

Fianna Fáil candidate Deirdre Conroy with director of elections Jim O’Callaghan outside the count. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan declined to say categorically that Taoiseach Micheál Martin would lead the party into the next general election, saying(...)

Ivana Bacik: her cycling habit was used as the emblem for her  campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Labour’s Ivana Bacik, newly elected in Dublin Bay South, is a 53-year-old longtime activist who has served as a senator, a lawyer and lecturer in Trin(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik: She was the right candidate, in the right constituency, at the right time for the party to get a renewed taste of electoral success. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“Well, look, we’ll take the good days. We’ve taken enough bad days,” was the response of Labour leader Alan Kelly when asked if he was concerned that (...)

Green Party candidate Claire Byrne with Minister Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said that despite the party’s support falling from 22 per cent to 8 per cent the party had run a good campaign in the Du(...)

James Geoghegan: despite putting in an enthusiastic campaign and establishing himself for a future general election run, he won little support beyond Fine Gael’s  base. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With less than an hour to go until polls in Dublin Bay South closed on Thursday night, Fine Gael posted the following tweet: “Warning. Big Sinn Féin t(...)

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Dublin Bay South byelection result had made it very clear that voters now wanted a general election. Resp(...)

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