‘Once, a referendum was unlikely. Today, it is not yet certain, but it is increasingly unthinkable that it can be avoided unless David Cameron is no longer in charge of No 10 Downing Street after next May’s election.’  Photograph: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images

‘Mind The Gap’ – for millions of tourists these words evoke memories of London long after summer holidays are over and the photographs of Buckingham P(...)

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has said he is confident he will get more votes than Fianna Fáil and Green Party candidates in this Friday’s election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The European election campaign in Dublin is now centred on who will take the third seat, outgoing Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said today.Respondin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attacked Sinn Féin’s campaign today, saying its economic policy was not credible, as he called on voters in the local and European elections to protect the stability built up by the Government since it took power.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attacked Sinn Féin’s campaign today, saying its economic policy was not credible, as he called on voters in the local and Europea(...)

By answering questions on issues related to European integration, economic and social policy, voters can see which parties they most agree with. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Coverage of the European Parliament elections tends to treat it as a horse race, with all the attention focused on who will win. However, in order to (...)

Sinn Féin European election candidate in Dublin  Lynn Boylan, who looks set to take a seat. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin is the only one of the the three European constituencies that has any sense of geographical coherence. It’s a three-seater and may very well re(...)

Garda whistleblower John Wilson: will become MEP if Ming Flanagan is elected and subsequently stands down. Photograph: The Irish Times

A Garda whistleblower, a former world champion athlete, a security analyst, two former TDs, a host of current Senators and a prominent political tweet(...)

 Emer Costello: focusing on northside and south inner-city pockets. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour has launched a last-ditch effort to hold its European Parliament seat in Dublin by focusing its efforts on the north side of the city and attac(...)

The big focus will be on the orange-green tribal battle, particularly in the context of the demographic changes exposed by the 2011 census. That interest is heightened by  education statistics which show significantly more Catholics than Protestants in nursery, primary, second- and third-level education in the North. Photograph: Reuters

Politicians, pundits and academics will be closely observing the results of Northern Ireland’s local and European elections to determine if demographi(...)

Austrian Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache, a tanned and charismatic rhetorican and protegé of the late Jörg Haider, he views the  poll as a protest vote against the left-right grand coalition government. Photograph: Reuters

While the rest of Austria celebrates Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win, the sound of music in the Salzburg beer hall has a minor, Eurosceptic key. In th(...)

 A crowd in Croydon waits for Ukip leader Nigel Farage  who didn’t turn up. Photograph: Dan Dennison/Getty Images

Marcon Hibbert and the Endurance Steel Orchestra were hired on Monday evening to play steel drums outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon in s(...)

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