Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Solidarity/People Before Profit  TDs Mick Barry, Bríd Smith, Paul Murphy and Gino Kenny.

The alternative left, like all populist movements, relies on the contrivance of perpetual conflict between those they seek to portray as “ordinary cit(...)

Like Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar will need the support of at least 58 TDs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar could be elected taoiseach by a narrower Dáil margin than the vote Enda Kenny achieved last year. Mr Varadkar is expect(...)

Dachshund pups  at an illegal puppy farm in North Tipperary which was raided  by the ISPCA and gardaí. Photograph: Fergal Shanahan

Ireland’s image as the “puppy farm” capital of Europe is damaging the State’s reputation, the Minister with responsibility for a review of dog breedin(...)

“Liam Doran, the canny boss of the nurses’ union, exploded onto the airwaves during the chocolates row.” Photograph: Eric Luke

There’s an important maxim that is deeply interwoven into the fabric of Irish politics: whatever you do, don’t upset anyone. The instinct of politici(...)

Last year 28 million people travelled through Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns have been raised over passport control at Dublin Airport following complaints of long delays experienced by passengers. Last year, 28 milli(...)

A prison officer with a working dog at the recreation area in front of Erne House in Maghaberry Prison. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some people have trouble with the pronunciation: it’s Ma-gaberry, Northern Ireland’s high-security prison located on about 150 acres in rural Co Antri(...)

Caroline Dwyer, mother of Michael Dwyer, at Leinster House following a Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence Committee meeting on the killing of Mr Dwyer in Bolivia. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence have committed themselves to supporting Caroline Dwyer, the mother see(...)

The funeral of Noel Kirwan arrives at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The funeral has taken place in Dublin of Noel Kirwan, “an innocent man”, those who came to say goodbye to him were told, but the latest victim nonethe(...)

Workers bring child migrants to a reception point outside the since-demolished Jungle  migrant camp in Calais, France, in October 2016. File photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Ireland received over a hundred unaccompanied child asylum seekers this year, including 66 who remain separated from their families. There were 112 r(...)

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