Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton. The party will make the flat rate suggestion in its pre-budget submission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Renua Ireland will propose a flat rate income tax of 23 per cent when it publishes its pre-budget submission on Monday. The party has made a flat tax(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston Station for the launch of the capital investment plan: with an election in the offing, there was a nakely political edge to the announcement. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It was far short of the €80 billion gold-plated programmes announced by the Fianna Fáil-led governments during the boom years. But the programme for c(...)

French president Francois Hollande looks on a globe during an exhibition promoting the Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

The top French negotiator for the major United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris scheduled for the end of the year now believes there is a 70(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving Fine(...)

The 16.5km metro line connecting Dublin city centre with Dublin airport and Swords is the centre piece of the Government’s €27 billion capital plan which was published on Tuesday. 2:40

The Government has said it will take a decade before Metro North, the centre-piece of its new capital plan, will begin operations. The six-year plan, (...)

Multibillion euro expenditure by Coalition over next six years will be geared to drive recovery. Photograph: Reuters 3:43

The Government will on Tuesday announce a capital plan worth €27 billion over the next six years in a move to underpin its belief in a strongly rec(...)

Fianna Fáil selection candidates for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown constituency: Mary Hanafin (left) Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is expected to add former minister Mary Hanafin’s name to the ticket in Dún Laoghaire following her defeat by four votes in the selection (...)

Fianna Fáil selection candidates for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Constituency -  Mary Hanafin (left) Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney pictured prior to their selection convention in Killiney, Co Dublin, September 28th, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Three candidates including former government minister Mary Hanafin were on Mondaynight seeking the Fianna Fáil nomination to run for the Dáil in the D(...)

 This year’s March for Choice  at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s vow that she will ensure a referendum on abortion rights will take place if Labour returns to government has not met with any m(...)