Sinn Féin TD Darren O’Rourke. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Sinn Féin councillor Darren O’Rourke topped the polls in the Meath East constituency in the 2020 election. O’Rourke (39) ran in the 2016 election and(...)

Sinn Féins Darren O’Rourke celebrates the announcement of his election at the Meath East count centre in Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke topped the poll in Meath East, while Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty lost her seat and came fifth in the thr(...)

 Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy: her seat is seen as the most vulnerable.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The results of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, if reflected on polling day this Saturday, would mean significant seat losses for Fine (...)

Minister for Social Protection  Regina Doherty: known to have a keen rivalry with Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Fine Gael row has broken out in Meath East between the election teams of ministers Helen McEntee and Regina Doherty as the party scrambles to save s(...)

The results of phantom polls can travel along the constituency bush telegraph, suggesting that one candidate or another is in trouble. Photograph: Frank Miller

If the final days of an election campaign are when swing voters traditionally make up their minds, then they are also often the days when discipline b(...)

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy: I am relatively happy . . . I feel momentum going towards us. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private polling research by the Labour Party has given it hope that it could capitalise on concerns of a large block of non-Coalition supporters that(...)

Full list of candidates The electoral axe may have fallen on Meath’s three town councils – Trim, Kells and Navan – but it has resulted in a rich bo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee , on her election as a TD in March. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A total of €106,653.42 was spent by candidates in the Meath East byelection in March with Fine Gael’s successful candidate Helen McEntee spending the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee  on her victory in the Meath East byelection, as her mother Katlhleen (centre) watches at the count centre in Donaghmore, Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

It is not too often in the Irish electoral context that you can say it was a good day for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. But the winners of th(...)

Video: McEntee success in Meath East byelection

Fine Gael’s Helen McEntee has taken the seat vacated in the constituency of Meath East by the death of her father Shane in December. On the thi(...)

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