Taoiseach Enda Kenny: wants to create 10,000 new public service jobs over five years. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

There is a peculiar danger with Fine Gael’s election campaign and it is this: there is more money around and that allows it scope to do things not pos(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said the abolition of USC in its entirety would be ‘unfair and reckless’.    Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Sinn Féin has committed itself to retain the Universal Social Charge, leaving it the only one of the four largest parties to do so. The party outlin(...)

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

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed the second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th and condemned the shooting in the Regen(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton  with Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin TD during the formal launch of the Labour party general election campaign at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish TImes

The Labour Party took the battle to the two main Opposition parties at the launch of its general election campaign in Dublin today. Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

What the voters really want is for politicians to find all the square pegs they can get their hands on and jam them into round holes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

We want change but also want more of the same Opinion polls are extraordinary. You quickly find out that what the voters really want is for politicia(...)

Choices: election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A new website will give voters the ability to compare the views of more than 500 candidates in the election. The whichcandidate.ie site is a collabor(...)

 Criticising Labour’s record in government, Ruth Coppinger said the party’s 2011 ‘Tesco ad is embedded in the minds of ordinary people’.

The left-wing Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) party has said it will contest the general election with the hope of ending “the (...)

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: “Fine Gael is not taking into account pay rises and social welfare.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Green Party has become the first political party to say it would stick to the limits set out by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council for spending ove(...)

Party leaders have begun campaigning and canvassing on the first full day of the general election ahead of the February 26th vote . Fine Gael launc(...)