In the RTÉ/Red C poll Peter Casey easily outscored the other presidential election candidates on “the ability to stand up for ordinary people”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Michael D Higgins won the presidential election with votes to spare but most of the commentary in the aftermath has been about the reasons for the dra(...)

Peter Casey “clearly spoke to the only experience many people have of Travellers, which is negative”. Photograph: PA

There are two dangers when talking about Peter Casey’s strong showing in the presidential election – taking it too seriously and not taking it se(...)

The polling station on Tory Island, off the coast of Co Donegal. Peter Casey received 12,952 votes in Donegal, Michael D Higgins got 15,052. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As the woeful presidential election campaign drew to its inevitable conclusion at the weekend, journalists scrambled for what the “real” story of the (...)

Joan Freeman arrives at Dublin Castle to attend the count. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Presidential candidate Joan Freeman had hoped she could effect a modern-day Peasant’s Revolt by taking on the establishment contenders and their well-(...)

“For the majority, this guy seemed to speak a common person’s language,” says Independent Cllr Shaun Cunniffe of Peter Casey. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Watching the election results as they came in Saturday evening, Tuam resident Martin Ward was not surprised to see the strong showing by Peter Casey i(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Michael D Higgins says he will bring fresh ideas to his second term to help the country face challenges such as Brexit and climate change. (...)

If Peter Casey had not shot up from nowhere to second place, the performance of the Sinn Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada would have been the story of the election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The dismal performance of Sinn Féin in the presidential election represents a blow for Sinn Féin and for Mary Lou McDonald’s leadership. The party wan(...)

During the campaign, Michael D Higgins divided his diary between presidential obligations and the campaign. There is no doubt it conferred some advantage to him. Photograph:  Reuters/ Clodagh Kilcoyne

When it became known that the presidential election would be contested, President Michael D Higgins did not have a huge amount of precedent to go on. (...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD  casts his vote at Scoil Thomáis, Laural Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Over the space of a few minutes in Dublin Castle on Saturday, it seemed as if Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had a different voice whispering in each ear but (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. Photograph: Tom Honan

The votes were counted and the President elected on Saturday night, so isn’t that it? At Dublin Castle, after returning officer Barry Ryan formally de(...)

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