Saoirse Mchugh

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Soda Blonde: the alt-pop group will play St Michael’s Church in Ballina

In late September of 2018, Other Voices arrived in Ballina, Co Mayo. Expectations were high, inevitably, but no one really knew how one of the country(...)

Sinn Féin’s Rose Conway-Walsh. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Fine Gael’s Michael Ring topped the poll in Co Mayo and was elected to the Dáil with 14,796 votes on the first count. Also through on the first count (...)

 Saoirse McHugh, the Green Party’s candidate for Mayo,  chatting to Vincent Barrett while on the campaign trail in Foxford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One day last week Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh called to a house while canvassing in Mayo and talked to the woman there. It was evening and sh(...)

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a parti(...)

Pat Mahon (83), a regular at Guiry’s Bar in Foxford, Co Mayo. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

In the small town of Foxford, Co Mayo, the regulars sitting around the Guinness tap in Guiry’s Bar have all heard the joke before, but it doesn’t stop(...)

Brid Smith pictured during a press briefing in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has claimed there is “an argument” opening up in the Green Party about whether or not it should enter into a coalit(...)

Beans means airmiles – an unhappy discovery for the reluctant vegetarian

They say it takes three weeks to form a habit, and as I enter my fourth week without meat I am beginning to see the truth in that. January (...)

The expert view is that ‘this is a short campaign and there is a big opportunity, because the reality is most candidates won’t get to knock on a lot of doors’. File photograph: Getty

Younger voters live digital lives, have shorter attention spans, and are interested in issues not political parties, say experts. Consequently, politi(...)

Saoirse McHugh: she has a big personality, but a victory would still be a big deal. Photograph: Andrew Hamilton

In every election, there are surprises. Remember Moosajee Bhamjee, a psychiatrist who won a seat in Labour “Spring Tide” in 1992 in Clare? Saoirse Mc(...)

News of plans to use the Achill Head Hotel as a direct provision centre emerged on Wednesday of last week and a heated public meeting took place on the island that night.

A plan to house asylum seekers at a hotel on Achill Island has been postponed due to ongoing protests at the hotel. Some 13 female asylum seekers wer(...)

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