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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald delivers a speech at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin in October. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

So say all of us soundbite of the year Senator David Norris for this simple truth: “The trouble with Covid is it would bore the knickers off a saint.(...)

Senator Regina Doherty is said to have been one of a number of people at the meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party on Wednesday evening to have criticised Sinn Féin Tweet on day of byelection last week.

Fine Gael Senators have criticised the party’s last-ditch attempt to mobilise its vote in last week’s byelection with a tweet warning supporters of a (...)

Fine Gael Minister Hildegarde Naughton. File photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Fine Gael Minister Hildegarde Naughton has said she hopes Kate O’Connell seeks the party’s nomination to run in the next general election. The party (...)

Winning over 30 per cent of the vote was an astonishing achievement for Labour’s Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The outcome of the Dublin Bay South byelection represents a stunning triumph for Labour Party candidate Ivana Bacik. Not only did she win the seat but(...)

James Geoghegan: despite putting in an enthusiastic campaign and establishing himself for a future general election run, he won little support beyond Fine Gael’s  base. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With less than an hour to go until polls in Dublin Bay South closed on Thursday night, Fine Gael posted the following tweet: “Warning. Big Sinn Féin t(...)

Ivana Bacik, Labour Party candidate in Dublin Bay South byelection, canvassing with Kevin Humphreys former TD National Organiser in Miltown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Keep going. There’s two number ones here,” says a woman to Senator Ivana Bacik as she zips around Milltown seeking Dublin Bay South byelection votes.(...)

Mary Lou McDonald in Belfast recently. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

The politics of condemnation came in from the cold for Sinn Féin this week. Or did it? Decades after adopting this clever phrase as cover for its un(...)

Brendan Foreman, co-founder of the Village Bookshop in Terenure village. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The Dublin Bay South constituency can be walked end-to-end in a few hours. For some, it brings to mind trophy homes and posh neighbourhoods in Ranelag(...)

Fine Gael won about 25% of the vote in January 2020. For the party’s candidate to win this byelection, he needs 50% plus one vote. File photograph: Getty

When Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan and his team went out for their first leaflet drop in Dublin Bay South during the week, they suited up like they were(...)

One could be forgiven for believing enough had already been said and written about the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. Back in 201(...)

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