Ray Bassett, a former Irish envoy to Canada, says there is room for an Irish Eurosceptic party because those concerned about the EU are not represented by the mainstream parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is the time right for an anti-European Union party to enter the Irish political landscape? Time will tell but the decision to launch “Irexit Freedom”(...)

Kevin Sharkey, presidential hopeful pitching Kildare County Council members for a nomination last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The death penalty should be imposed on anybody who harms an old person in their home, according to presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey. Mr Sharkey was(...)

Joan Freeman said she found trying to effect change in the Seanad very frustrating. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Senator Joan Freeman’s track record as a campaigner on mental health since was what prompted Fianna Fail councillors on Cork City Council to endorse h(...)

Dublin urgently needed a ‘single strong voice and strong leadership’ to provide solutions to the many challenges faced in the region. Photograph: iStock

Dublin City Council has urged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to resist “metrophobia” and allow Dublin to have a directl(...)

Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy said if Dublin continues to expand its population at existing rates, it will ‘end up sliding in the sea’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy has called for the development of a rail, road and broadband corridor from Derry to Kerry to try and counter the grow(...)

Pieta House founder Senator Joan Freeman has received the backing of Cork City Council for her first nomination to contest the presidential election .   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Senator Joan Freeman received her first nomination from Cork City Council on Monday night to run for the presidency. Nine Fianna Fáil cou(...)

Seán Gallagher during his campaign for the presidency in 2011 .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At least 12 county and city councils are expected to hold votes to nominate Independent candidates for the presidential election this week, with busin(...)

Michael D Higgins  has the single greatest quality that any politician can have: people like him. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

From a situation where it was presumed in many quarters that nobody at all would challenge Michael D Higgins for the presidency, it now seems that a q(...)

Independent Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn is considering trying to contest the presidential election in response to what he said were “disrespec(...)

Seán Gallagher was the surprise package of the 2011 race. Photograph: Eric Luke

The presidential election will take place on October 26th, the Government has announced, after the signing of the election order by Minister for Local(...)

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