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Labour Party TD Duncan Smith. Photograph: Alan Betson

Duncan Smith (36) has been involved with the Labour Party for more than a decade and was elected to the seat the party has held in north county Dublin(...)

Cork East TD James O’Connor: he is the third youngest Fianna Fáil TD ever elected – behind  Mary Coughlan in 1987 and Lorcan Allen in 1961.  Photograph: Twitter.

James O’Connor will be the baby of the 33rd Dáil. The 22-year-old will enter Leinster House as the third youngest Fianna Fáil TD ever elected – behind(...)

Róisín Shortall (65) was one of the Labour TDs who swept in to the Dáil on the “Spring tide” in 1992 and has been a high-profile TD since then. She m(...)

The climate movement, including young climate strikers, has helped to raise public awareness, but the Greens have to re-examine their approach to address the big disconnect with voters

Climate change simply did not rate as a hot issue during the election campaign among the vast majority of voters in spite of stark warnings and more e(...)

Labour TD Alan Kelly  was publicly backed by health campaigner Vicky Phelan   in the election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Alan Kelly’s passion for patient healthcare during a time when the country experienced a number of health scandals made him a popular local candidate.(...)

Sean Sherlock: In the last Dáil, as spokesman on children and youth affairs he contributed frequently on the Scouting Ireland abuse controversy, on childcare costs and provision, and on insurance for creches. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In 2016 Seán Sherlock (47) was one of only seven out of 37 TDs elected in 2011 to survive the battering Labour got after its coalition with Fine Gael.(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly, elected  in the Wicklow Count Centre, Greystones.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Counts have concluded in 39 general election constituencies, narrowly making Fianna Fáil  the largest party in the 33rd Dáil. Micheál Marti(...)

Mary Lou McDonald was the star of the campaign, and her repeated attacks on Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for, as she claimed, being in power together for four years were brutally effective. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Two years after she was elected Sinn Féin president, Mary Lou McDonald has wildly exceeded the expectations of party members who chose her to succeed (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  speaking to the media at the election count in Phibblestown Community Centre yesterday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The results of this earthquake general election will continue to unfold but it is already clear that the landscape on which our politics happens has b(...)

 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin with candidate Ged Nash: There might have been a view that the party’s leading personalities had been around for a long time and it needed an injection of youth. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Politics is a brutal business and the fate of the Labour Party is proof of that. In 2011, the party returned 37 seats and most constituencies in Dubl(...)

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