Labour’s European candidate Emer Costello canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Charge of the Labour Brigade. (as not imagined by Tennyson).Into the valley of debt rode the underfunded. EU to the right of them. ECB to the left(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: called Miguel Arias Cañete “far and away the best candidate”

The issue of sexism is dominating the run-in to Spain’s European elections after the country’s conservative candidate said he had underperformed in a(...)

Political parties received a total of €12.9 million under two schemes last year, one covered by the Electoral Acts and the other by the long standing party leaders allowance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Political parties received a total of €12.9 million in state funding last year according to figures released by the Standards Commission.The money was(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has the highest dissatisfaction rating at 72 per cent.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The low support for the Labour Party and the strong prospects for Sinn Féin shown in today’s Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI poll is also reflected into two o(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Labour’s MEP candidate in Dublin Emer Costello and deputy leader Joan Burton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil is in with a chance of retaining three European Parliament seats but Labour could lose all of its three seats, according to the latest Iri(...)

Labour’s Phil Prendergast,  with just 6 per cent, looks certain to be eliminated.

Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley is set to romp to another massive victory in the Ireland South constituency with Sinn Féin in the running to pick up its f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD canvassing in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

You know that restaurant thing we do? When the food hasn’t been good and the service terrible, and the waiter who spent an evening trying to ignore yo(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher, who is on 12 per cent, will certainly be in contention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Midlands North-West constituency is the most difficult of all to call on the basis of the poll results.None of the candidates has a quota on the f(...)

While Fine Gael’s Simon Harris  in Wicklow came in late,  he is an energetic campaigner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

South is a behemoth of a constituency and another illustration of the ridiculous nature of Ireland’s European electoral areas. It takes in 10 counties(...)

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference - of which Cardinal Seán Brady (right) is president and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (left) is vice president - has called on first time voters to make their voices heard in the local and European elections.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Catholic bishops have appealed to first time voters “to ensure that their voices are heard in the important policy decisions before the European U(...)

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