Exodus from Fianna Fáil as three more TDs retire

Fianna Fáil saw further exodus of some of its most familiar faces last night as two more sitting TDs announced they will not contest the general election. This morning, Galway East TD Noel Tracy also said he will not stand in the upcoming election.  By Alison Spillane

Electioneering underway as retiring ministers step aside for cabinet reshuffle

Last night Minister for Health Mary Harney announced she would not contest the general election. In a surprise move, she also offered her resignation to Taoiseach Brian Cowen. By Alison Spillane

One of the longest-serving members of Dáil Eireann, Ms Harney explained she felt someone who was not running in the general election should not continue to serve in the Cabinet.

Cowen to stay the course

Late Wednesday night the rumour mill went into overdrive with the news that an apparent move to oust Brian Cowen as leader of Fianna Fáil was underway at Leinster House. This afternoon the rumours were put to rest with the announcement that Mr Cowen will not resign. By Alison Spillane

Ireland ignores migrant rights convention for 20 years

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. To date no EU Member State has either signed or ratified the Convention. By Alison Spillane

Recent Irish protests pale in comparison to our European neighbours

Despite the concerted efforts of left-wing activists, community groups and movements like Claiming Our Future, Ireland's protest movement appears to be waning. While some might argue this is down to a political apathy peculiar to Ireland, many consider the media and organisations such as Ictu and the USI to be serious obstacles to widespread resistance. By Alison Spillane