In brief: Fines for election poster boys
Dublin City Council has issued more than 200 fines worth a total of up to €30,000 for breaches of the rules governing posters in the election campaign.
The majority of the fines were for posters that were put up too early.
Local authorities can issue on-the-spot fines of €150 for each breach, meaning the council stands to pocket over €30,000.
A spokesperson said that "no one particular party or candidate received more fines than anyone else. Compliance from the parties was generally good".
The Litter Pollution Act in 2009 forbids the erection of posters before the election is called or 30 days before polling day, whichever is the shorter period of time. After the election, candidates have seven days to remove all posters and cable ties.
Another FF blow as Browne to quit
In another body blow to FF, Wexford's former election poll topper John Browne announced his new term in office will be his last.
Mr Browne decided before Christmas that he "had enough". His retirement will pave the way for his son James, a barrister and Enniscorthy town councillor, to follow in his father's footsteps.
Independent.ie sees rise in users
Latest figures show that Independent.ie recorded another dramatic increase in unique users, up 40 per cent on February last year. This was driven by a new election section, with news and analysis from Ireland's top political writers.
The innovative and comprehensive election coverage featured on Independent.ie/election over last weekend attracted over two million visitors.