Tom Fleming: he said he was “lagging behind a bit in the north end of the constituency”

Independent TD for Kerry South Tom Fleming has announced he is not contesting the election. Scartaglin-based Mr Fleming said the redrawing of the Kerr(...)

A garda stands at the  cordon sealing off the Regency Airport Hotel in Dublin on the evening of February 5th, 2016 following a fatal shooting. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the Regency Hotel shooting in Dublin during a boxing weigh-in “as an extreme case” of criminal activity. “This is (...)

‘I will not have any  dealings with Michael Lowry or any other independent,’ when it comes to the formation of a new government the Taoiseach said on Friday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has for the first time emphatically ruled out seeking the support of Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry for a future governme(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the launch of Fine Gael’s  economic plan. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fine Gael says abolition of the universal social charge (USC) will cost €3.7 billion but this will be partly offset by raising more than €1.2 billion (...)

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

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged a “strong note of caution” about opinion polls after his party recorded an increase in support in the lat(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Ciaran Murtagh, managing director of Shay Murtagh Concrete Products, in Raharney, Co Westmeath, on the first day of canvassing in the general election. Photograph: Alan Betson

Normal, dull competent service resumed at Fine Gael campaign headquarters yesterday after opening-day wobbles. The pressure was on Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

 Peter Mathews: said he was given an ‘unexpected’ diagnosis of oesophageal cancer in recent days. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Independent Dublin Rathdown TD Peter Mathews has confirmed he has been diagnosed with cancer, but says he is still standing in the general election. (...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: €12 billion available over the lifetime of the next government, according to Noonan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaigning in the general election will begin today when Fine Gael launches its “long-term economic plan”. This will include the party’s proposed “r(...)

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

Labour Party Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted her deputy leader, Alan Kelly, is an “obedient employee”. Ms Burton was questioned yesterday about an(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaving Áras an Uachtaráin after President Michael D Higgins  signed the dissolution of the 31st Dáil in advance of a general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For something so long in the planning, the 2016 general election campaign got off to a decidedly stuttering start for the Coalition parties. In the b(...)