Fianna Fáil  leader Micheál Martin at the Ireland South constituency and local election count in Nemo Rangers Sports Centre in  Cork. Photograph: Provision

The grumbles in Fianna Fáil have started about the party’s performance in the European elections. But as was the case five years ago, there are enco(...)

Votes are sorted as election boxes are open in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If anybody needed proof of the fickle nature of politics, this election has proved it. Only eight years ago, the Green Party were almost eviscerated (...)

 Croatian citizens at a political rally in  Zagreb. Photograph: Antonio Bat/ EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Manfred Weber, her compatriot and leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), rejected nationalism and advocated (...)

Yellow-vest (gilets jaunes) protestors at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a demonstration over high fuel prices in December, 2018. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Emmanuel Macron’s party is in danger of losing Sunday’s European Parliament elections in France to far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement Nati(...)

Independent councillor Luke Ming Flanagan: a diligent asker of questions, but a quick survey shows that a large proportion are not related to EU/Commission competences. Photograph: Mick McCormack

Measuring and comparing the productivity of politicians is a difficult business. What matters as much as hours worked is what they worked at – quality(...)

‘Perhaps they will revert to type, and their Eurotrash Tower of Babel will teeter and collapse.’  From left,  Matteo Salvini,  Harald Vilimsky, Marine Le Pen,  Geert Wilders and  Marcel de Graaff  address a joint news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels this week.  Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The curious thing about last weekend’s European election result was how the narrative was fixed long before the first ballot was even cast. For months(...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Marian Harkin MEP at the count centre for the European elections in the Castlebar. Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

One of the last of 751 seats in the new European Parliament still hung in the balance tonight, as over 660,000 votes in the Midlands-North West consti(...)

System not fit for purpose, says Darragh O’Brien , pictured above  with his father Padraig and Susan Maxwell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s electoral system is not fit for purpose when the State is the last country in the EU still counting votes to fill European parliament seats(...)

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