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 Sinn Féin lost a by-election everybody expected it to win and suddenly found itself on the defensive over water charges

An old political adage is that the expected never happens. This has been illustrated again over the past few days as Sinn Féin lost a by-election ever(...)

SF byelection candidate Cathal King and Gerry Adams speaking to media after Paul Murphy won in Dublin South West. Photograph: Alan Betson

While both of last Friday’s byelections threw up shocks, the result in Dublin South West is(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (above) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have received  pre-budget submissions and met groups ahead of  tomorrow’s budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Having had to introduce a series of unpopular budgets since coming to power in 2011, this year’s process must feel a little alien to the Coalition. Th(...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)

Clara Bog County Offaly.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thirty years or more ago, if you drove north from Athlone, or anywhere in Roscommon or in northeast Galway, you did not have to go too far before comi(...)

The outcomes of the two Dáil byelections are bad news for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin who were favourites to win throughout the campaigns. Cathal King (left) of Sinn Féin was expected to win in Dublin South West but was overcome Paul Murphy (right). A defeat for Fianna Fáil in Roscommon South-Leitrim  raises further questions about Micheál Martin (centre). Photographs: The Irish Times.

Since the first count was announced in Roscommon South West early this afternoon we knew how it was all going to pan out and the jolt that was in s(...)

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

(...) recorded surprise wins in the Dublin South West and Roscommon-South Leitrim byelections. Transfers decided(...)

Polling stations in Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South West are open from 7am to 10pm. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Polls have opened in the two Dáil byelections being held today, with campaigners anticipating a low(...)

Cáit Keane: Senator Keane is likely to be in a chasing pack to secure the  seat in Dublin South West. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Roscommon- South Leitrim Maura Hopkins (FG): The occupational therapist is unlikely to win but will position herself well for a future Dáil run. Iva(...)

John McNulty has agreed to resign his seat in the Upper House if elected

Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty has struck a deal with senior party officials that he will resign his seat in the Upper House if el(...)

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