President Michael D Higgins dissolves the 31st Dáil and a three-week general election campaign begins. Here are a few of the highlights from the first week.
Harry McGee on the campaign trail in Green Hills, Dublin, with Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate, John Lahart. Video: Alan Betson
Sinn Féin TD and party vice president Mary Lou McDonald on the hustings on O'Connell and Moore Streets in the heart of her constituency, Dublin Central. Video: Bryan O'Brien
The phrase ’fiscal space’ is being used a lot these days by politicians, economists and media commentators. We asked some members of the public if they knew what it meant. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Harry McGee reports from the Green Party headquarters in Dublin as they launch their general election campaign. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Stephen Collins, Political Editor of The Irish Times examines the main results of the new Irish Times Ipsos MRBI poll which shows Fine Gael have dropped two points since last November, while Fianna Fáil have gained two points. Video: Bryan O’Brien
Mr Kenny announced his intention to seek the dissolution of the Dáil in a brief Oireachtas address, followed by a date announcement on Twitter and a visit to Áras An Uachtaráin.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has visited at Áras an Uachtaráin to advise President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve the 31st Dáil. Video: Bryan O’Brien
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny releases a video asking for public support as he confirms a general election.
President Michael D Higgins has questioned the emphasis being placed on tax cuts by political parties during an interview with Patsy McGarry on the eve of the general election campaign. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Michael Healy-Rae TD releases a single encouraging people to vote for him in the forthcoming general election. Video: Michael Healy-Rae TD
This election is set to take off like an X Factor final with every bum note vined, tweeted and down voted until the next misstep shimmers into the spotlight. But do any of these thumbs up matter?
The election campaign poses one of the biggest challenges Labour has faced in more than a century of existence, but the mood at the party's conference in Mullingar is positive. Harry McGee reports.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out a role for Lucinda Creighton’s Renua party in a new coalition government. Interview: Mary Minihan Video: Bryan O'Brien
Everybody regrets the banking crisis. But just how many times was the word 'regret', or variations of, used during the long-winded banking inquiry? We tried to stitch together each one in this video. Can you guess how many times it's said? #regrets
David Cameron came close to endorsing Enda Kenny in the next election. Cameron said he looked forward to working with Kenny in the months and 'I hope years ahead'. Video: 10 Downing Street
Harry McGee reports from Citywest Hotel in Dublin where Fine Gael are holding their 78th Ard Fheis. The party have outlined a strategy to help create an additional 200,000 jobs by 2020. Video: Bryan O’Brien
The eternal question in Irish politics, what's the difference between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil? We try to make sense of it all. Hugh Linehan reports. Video: Enda O'Dowd
Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell from Dublin South became emotional as she thanked voters and colleagues, in her final speech in the Dáil before her retirement. She was first elected to the Dáil in 1997.
Tánaiste Joan Burton has clashed with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald accusing her of engaging in a “tsunami of hate and invective’’ in a heated Dáil exchange.
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