Farmer Pat Molloy  with  Renua TD Billy Timmins on a canvass in the Ballyraymond Commons area of north Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Renua deputy leader performs soft sell on constituents loyal to former party

Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins: “We absolutely aim to be the lead party, and under no circumstances are we going in as one leg on a three-legged stool for Fine Gael or indeed with anybody else - and that is emphatic.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Under no circumstances are we going in as one leg on three-legged stool for FG or anyone else’

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins says the party would set up a new Serious and Organised Crime Unit, with a special cybercrime section.

Niall Collins says party would set up second non-jury court

 Fianna Fail justice spokesman Niall Collins (left) will today announce Fianna Fáil’s plans to set up of a new Serious and Organised Crime Unit, with a special Cybercrime section. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Crime becomes unexpected lead issue in election campaign

Announcing planned cap of student fee at €2,500 by the end of 2017, Labour leader Joan Burton said ‘we will certainly try to improve the situation for students’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Student contribution fee will be reduced by €500 under party plan

 Broken glass on the front door of the home of   Eddie Hutch snr on Poplar Row on Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Diarmuid Martin rules out intervention in ‘turf wars’ between criminal groups

A garda outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin following the fatal shooting of David Byrne there last week.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice confirms second non-jury court to open on April 4th

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has provided a breakdown of the additional 10,000 gardaí, teachers, doctors, nurses and other frontline staff Fine Gael is promising by 2021. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Varadkar confirms he has spoken to HSE director about recruitment restrictions

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Collins

Frances Fitzgerald confirms second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Gerry Adams described his reported comments as ‘stupid’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar quoted as saying more beds and resources could lead to less productivity

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD during a launch of a new billboard. File photograph: Collins

Sinn Féin manifesto will pledge to abolish non-jury court

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced plans to abolish USC by 2020 as part of the party’s long term economic plan, at Fine Gael Media HQ , in CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘Prove it. Prove it’. Minister challenges media to prove his ‘fiscal space’ figures are wrong

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meets former Minister Martin Cullen while canvassing in Waterford on Thursday: he urged “a strong note of caution” in the Irish general election campaign. Photograph: Frank Miller

Speculation distracting from policy discussions, says Fianna Fáil leader in Waterford

Gerry Adams canvassing in Finglas, Dublin, with Dessie Ellis and Cathleen Carney Boud. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sinn Féin leader wraps up two Dublin constituencies in quick succession

 The Dáil chamber in Leinster House. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Analysis: Parties have done just about enough not to have their State funding cut

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Cllr Catherine Ardagh at a press conference following the announcement of Election 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party leaders, Ministers and TDs address media as election campaigns begin in earnest

Lucinda Creighton  of Renua Ireland holding a press conference outside the gates of Leinster House in response to the declaration of election. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Renua leader says party a ‘force to be reckoned with’ and is targeting 10 seats

Election 2016: Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Labour leader Joan Burton, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton and Ruth Coppinger of the Anti-Austerity Alliance.

Coalition hopes to be returned as FF says it could be biggest party after February 26th poll

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

More than €14 million set aside to cover TDs’ and Senators’ pensions and associated costs

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left) and Dublin Fingal candidate Louise O’Reilly at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin leader says decison to call election is best one taken by Enda Kenny as Taoiseach

Lucinda Creighton at Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Party profile: The priority for the party is to get existing TDs re-elected

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD during a launch of a new billboard. File  photograph: Collins

Party profile: Sinn Féin’s progress has been steady in recent years

Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Party profile: Three sitting deputies likely to be returned but securing more seats remains a challenge

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where they signed the dissolution of the 31st Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Order for polling day on Friday, February 26th is signed by Alan Kelly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed his intention to dissolve the 31st Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny says he will travel to Áras an Uachtaráin and announce polling date

Labour Party leader Joan Burton and Alan Kelly take a selfie at the Labour Party Conference in Mullingar. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Labour Party leader says deputy has ‘great way with words’

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  People would be “taken out of their misery very soon”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste indicates preference is for Friday, February 26th, but no date signed off on yet

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch discussed the case with HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says a full judicial inquiry is required into allegations about foster home

Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív: “Actually what they’ve done is, on the macro scale, to implement basically a plan that was put in place by us in the dying days of the previous Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Agriculture spokesman claims Labour ‘ditched their own policy’ for rural areas

The latest output from the rumour mill is that Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, will be the day Enda Kenny calls the election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Renua bites back after Labour tells canvassers party is ‘right of Donald Trump’

Despite their optimism, TDs and Ministers are struggling to take credit off Fine Gael

Labour Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said Fine Gael Minister Michael Noonan’s plan for a “rainy day fund” makes sense, but she did not necessarily agree with his proposed €2.5 billion figure. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Labour predicts economy will settle into a ‘more realistic’ rate of growth in the future

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has accused some mainstream parties, smaller parties and Independents of proposing populist policies.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘If you believe in everything you believe in nothing,’ Minister tells Labour delegates

General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Patricia King has said some policy decisions of the Labour Party had ‘caused angst’ within the trade union movement.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The_Irish_Times

Ictu general secretary is guest speaker at party’s national conference

 Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Guide for canvassers also outlines ‘five reasons to fear Sinn Féin in government’

Labour backbencher Anne Ferris has said she could wallpaper a room with the amount of hatemail she has received for her stance on abortion. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish TimesAnne Ferris

Women experiencing crisis pregnancies are ‘trapped in this country’ ,TD says

Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has said Sinn Fein is more concerned with ‘protecting its good republican friends than actually building a good Republic’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Labour conference told party had ‘a fight on hands’ over next few weeks

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said abortion should be allowed if there is significant risk to a woman’s long-term physical health. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Health says ‘life experience and growing up a bit’ led him to change his views

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said he had “occasional frustrations” with Fine Gael. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Health says Alan Shatter had never approached him with criticisms

Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Social Democrats, AAA-PBP must select single representative for pre-election TV debate

Independent TD Michael Lowry said: “Let [Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly] sail on, no problem. From my perspective it’s very simple. The people of Tipperary will adjudicate in due course.”  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says he doesn’t ‘pay much attention’ to Tipperary constituency rival

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Certainly there is no Fine Gael candidate who is safe and they’ll all be fighting for their seats.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in full ‘taking nothing for granted’ mode

 Michael Lowry at the launch of his election campaign  earlier this month.

Minister for Health weighs into debate over Michael Lowry’s support

Seán Duigenan, at the Fine Gael 78th Ard Fheis, at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Members give views on coalition prospects and assess government’s performance

Aengus Ó Snodaigh’s leaflet: “Some people have been asking for more copies and looking to send them abroad to friends and relatives”

Aengus Ó Snodaigh, once dubbed the “Wolfe Toner”, had 20,000 newsletters printed

Paddy McCann, president of the Irish Postmasters Union: “You have to recognise your customers, respect them. They’re vitally important, whether they’re coming in just for a stamp, or whether they’re coming in for their pension or their transactions.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Postmaster and IPU chief Paddy McCann says network a lifeline for older customers

 Paddy McCann, President of the Irish Postmasters Union. Photograph: Alan Betson

Little prospect of rural branches surviving unless linked to other services, report finds

Speaking on the Inside Politics  podcast on on   Wednesday, Minister for Communications Alex White said it was a challenge to strike a balance between the right to privacy and the administration of the criminal justice system. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Challenge is to strike balance between privacy and administration of justice - Minister

Shillelagh Post Office, Co Wicklow: a report says post office customers should be able to set up current accounts with An Post. Photograph: Frank Miller

Proposal that post offices should be able to sell insurance, process motor tax renewals and handle credit union services

Willie O’Dea: “I think it’s absolutely inappropriate. Frankly, I’ve never heard anything like it.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Labour’s Alan Kelly says nothing wrong with football association chief supporting his bid to be re-elected

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the legislation of the period showed a nation in its infancy developing its own legislative framework. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legislation to be scrapped by new Statute Law Revision Bill dates from 1922-1950

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney who said gender quotas were a good thing and necessary to deal with the fact that politics is male dominated.

‘We need to practise what we preach . . politics is male-dominated, which is not good'

 Willie O’Dea: “I think it’s totally inappropriate. I think it’s absolutely inappropriate. Frankly I’ve never heard anything like it.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Is it any wonder that there’s such cynicism about politics out there?’ says Fianna Fáil TD

A file image from October showing someone sleeping rough on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney says homelessness will be a big challenge for next Government

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said when there is somebody who is ‘obviously and self-evidently suited to a particular position, then a Minister...may make that appointment’.

Tánaiste faces a motion of no confidence over decision to bypass competitive process

Retired chief justice John Murray: Appointed by the Coalition to review law allowing access to journalists’ phone records. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mr Justice John Murray to review international practice to assess if Irish legislation out of sync

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  has said changing the legislation allowing GSOC to access journalists’ telephone records may be necessary to protect sources. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Garda ombudsman under fire after accessing journalists’ telephone records

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins aims to introduce the Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Dáil. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald asked to explain the extent of media surveillance

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said on Monday Fine Gael’s election manifesto  will be independently costed. Photograph: Collins

Comments follow FF challenge to have all manifesto commitments assessed by auditor

Last week The Irish Times revealed the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had viewed two journalists’ phone records without the journalists’ knowledge or consent on foot of a complaint about reports on the death of model Katy French in 2007. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fitzgerald to present report on journalists’ phone records to Cabinet on Tuesday

The late PJ Mara and former Fianna Fáil  leader Bertie Ahern, who said Mara was “able to handle almost any situation”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Key Haughey adviser was also director of elections for Ahern’s three victories

PJ Mara “brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to the role”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘He was a multi-layered, multi-faceted man. The notion he was Haughey’s gopher is not real.’

Fine Gael is expected to add Paddy Harte jnr to its ticket in Donegal this weekend.

Source close to Harte says he has agreed to put his name forward

Labour TD Michael McCarthy, chair of the Oireachtas environment committee. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Committee stresses such a move must be in compliance with data protection

Cllr Anne-Marie Dermody: “It’s not that we’re better than men. We are just looking at the imbalance and trying to draw attention to the imbalance.”

Fine Gael candidate says women should back female candidates in other parties where FG fields a male-only ticket

Clockwise from top left: Dr Eoin O’Malley of DCU, Prof David Farrell of UCD, DCU’s Dr Jane Suiter  and Dr Theresa Reidy of UCC  intend to publish their Oireachtas reform audit during the general election campaign. Photographs: Irish Times/Tomas Tyner/UCC/Maxwells

Academics’ campaign seeks to identify where political reform can be implemented quickly

Television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan who will contest the general election for the Green Party.

Television presenter says Longford-Westmeath could become ‘Eden’

‘The Labour Party conference is the last weekend of January and I think once the Dail resumes after that the Taoiseach may well be minded to go to the Park,’ Pat Rabbitte has said.

‘I’d say it’s about the best stab you can make’ on date of election, says former Minister

 Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan argued the format is not fair and will have a negative impact on his party’s electoral prospects. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Group sends legal letter to broadcaster about representation in pre-election leaders’ debates

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Party must boost democratic credentials to gain Independent Alliance support, says TD

 Independent Alliance election candidate   David McGuinness said he believed Tánaiste Joan Burton will lose her seat in the general election. Photograph: Collins

Joan Burton responds she is very confident of her re-election prospects in Dublin West

Michael McHugh being moved from Louth hospital by members of the Garda taskforce before he was charged with the murder of Sgt Patrick Morrissey. Photograph: Tom Conachy

Cabinet thinking on Michael McHugh revealed in Michael Noonan’s memo

Then  tánaiste Seán MacEntee expressed his concerns about the consequences of the lottery to Charlie Haughey.

Central Remedial Clinic proposes to run National Lottery on behalf of Government

Ruairí Quinn wrote of his plans for an equality programme for staff within his Department of Labour in 1985. Photograph: Alan Betson

References to initiative within Department of Labour removed from letter to chief whip

Former  minister of state for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell: “I am sorry to say that our record over the past two years does not stand up to scrutiny.”  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Minister had dossier of ‘capable, skilled and experienced’ women in virtually every field

The survey in 1985  found fluoridation of public water supplies had contributed significantly to the prevention of dental disease. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey found five-year-olds in 1985 had average of two untreated decayed teeth

Secretary of the department of education Declan Brennan, minister for education Gemma Hussey and assistant secretary Sean O’Mahony. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Minister for education detailed where Fine Gael/Labour coalition was going wrong

The tánaiste in 1985, Dick Spring: “Let us be very clear – we will co-operate but we will not accept inferences that we are not doing enough.” Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Comments followed call by Northern secretary Tom King for better co-operation on security between the two jurisdictions

Former SDLP leader  John Hume: provided  colourful description of the Ulster Defence Regiment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former SDLP leader John Hume compared UDR to ‘a group of Rangers supporters’

Dr Garret FitzGerald: in July 1985,  he received a letter written in French about “le film pornographic Hail Mary” was sent, from Knock, Co Mayo. His private secretary asked: “Should we reply in English, French or not at all?”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Conegate wanted to open branches in Republic, so ICA wrote to taoiseach

John Hume in the mid-1980s: ‘Even with the cleverest pupils you have to say what’s on your mind at least 20 times. I have always done this in politics.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

State Papers 1985: Former SDLP leader learnt as a teacher that ideas must be repeated

Dick Spring: “If you hang around for long enough, you’re bound to pop up again.” Photograph: Alan Betson

National Archives afford fascinating glimpse into events of 30 years ago

 Rev Ian Paisley (centre) and Peter Robinson (second from left)  in  the  early 1980s. Photograph: Pacemaker

State Papers 1985: Sinn Féin ‘not a concern to us in our jurisdiction’, says minister

SDLP team, from left: Seamus Mallon, Joe Hendron,  Eddie McGrady and  John Hume. Photograph: Jack McManus

State Papers 1985: Reports noted tensions between Seamus Mallon and John Hume

 John Hume and  Garret FitzGerald in Belfast in the early 1980s. As taoiseach, FitzGerald talked to Margaret Thatcher about Hume’s  motives in attempting to make contact with the IRA. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

State Papers 1985: Brussels meeting broached idea of setting up community force

 The then taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, in his office in the  mid-1980s. Photograph: Pat Langan

State Papers 1985: Letter writer proposed that Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan join NI

Concern is mounting  that e-cigarettes could become a ‘gateway’ to traditional nicotine consumption. Photograph: Aidan Crawley. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Fresh legislation effective on New Year’s Day covers tobacco but does not extend to vaping

Averil Power used the Oireachtas printing service to produce 73,000 calendars.

FG TD Kieran O’Donnell and FF TD Niall Collins had 30,000 calendars each printed

Independent candidate Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran: “I’m sick of watching people suffer since 2009 and everything we’ve been promised is a failure.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Affected voters may punish Coalition candidates over the devastation caused

 Moore Street in Dublin, one of the key sites in the 1916 Rising. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Éamon Ó Cuív says Moore Street should be developed along same lines as Temple Bar

The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has dropped his ambition to reduce waiting lists, Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher (above) has said

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher says Government has no plan for health

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has says he will resist new  claims from other unions after a deal was reached to avert a nurses strike.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Howlin says nurses deal ‘will not lead to similar claims’ from other unions’

Sean Sherlock: “We can’t let another 10 years go by, with the possibility of more victims passing away without justice.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Seán Sherlock admits failure of Fresh Start to help survivors of Northern Ireland conflict

Leo Varadkar: “This really is one of those areas where you have to trust your family doctor.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar responding to trend of parents delaying or declining to vaccinate children

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “Due to industrial action by staff of the Civil Registration Service in the HSE. . . the schedule of commencement has been affected,”she wrote. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Hold-up due to industrial action by Civil Registration Service staff, says Tánaiste

 Speculation that Enda Kenny would not bring the Dáil back after Christmas was dismissed by senior Fine Gael sources. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

FG up 5 percentage points to 31%, Labour up 1 to 8% in Behaviour & Attitudes opinion poll

Mary Smyth, a counselling psychologist, stepped down from Renua after making comments party leader Lucinda Creighton believed “would be seen as deeply hurtful by members of the gay community”. Photograph: Mary Smyth/Facebook

Lucinda Creighton believed remarks ‘would be seen as hurtful by members of gay community’

Independent Luke “Ming” Flanagan (left) returned €1,144.25;  Labour’s John Lyons  reimbursed €1,285.33 and Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee repaid €1,675.88.

Five TDs randomly selected for an independent audit of expenses paid back €5,000

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said he hopes to bring the Public Sector Standards Bill to Cabinet next week and publish it before Christmas.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister says he has been working on a ‘suite of reforms’ for the last five years

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