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

The three prominent Independent TDs who came together to form the Social Democrats in July 2015 are offering what they characterise as a “relatively (...)

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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has left Áras An Uachtaráin and arrived arrived back at Government Buildings after President Michael D Higgins dissolved the 31st(...)

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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed his intention to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the 31st Dáil on Wednesday. Mr Kenny told MidWest ra(...)

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

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has insisted she is Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly’s boss, after he was reported as saying he was his (...)

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

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has said she is “not at liberty” to reveal details of the election date but has made clear her preference is fo(...)

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

The Government is examining the establishment of a statutory commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast. (...)

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

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has “complimented” Labour for “implementing Fianna Fáil policies” when he launched his party’s manifesto for rural Ireland (...)

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

The moment to call “Time, gentlemen, please!” on the 31st Dáil is fast approaching. President Michael D Higgins is said to have cleared his diary and(...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

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 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 nec(...)