Political campaign posters on the  streets of Dublin. / AFP / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

On October 20th, 1986, a remarkable political event took place in Israel. The prime minister and the foreign minister swapped jobs. What made it parti(...)

The Taoiseach and his Ministers claim a necessity to keep them in power to sustain that recovery but the voters know the reasons for Ireland’s rapid emergence from the economic crisis are more complex than claimed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Another week over and discernible shifts in the election campaign are only slight. There has been a softening of the Fine Gael vote. Polling this week(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of the party’s advertisement campaign outside Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As we head into the second weekend of what we are currently calling the 2016 election, there is every possibility that we will end up having to call i(...)

John McHale: The role which the Fiscal Advisory Council has played is akin to that which the independent Referendum Commissions played in recent referendum campaigns.Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

An incumbent government usually holds all the cards at the start of an election. Not only does it get to choose the moment when the election will happ(...)

Former Independent TD Jackie Healy Rae. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

Some are snobbish about Independents. Some look down on constituencies for electing them. They “tut, tut” about voters who vote for them. It’s an at(...)

Investigative reporter from the ‘Boston Globe’ Spotlight Team Michael Rezendes and actor Mark Ruffalo attend the Boston premiere of ‘Spotlight’. Photograph: Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Open Road

I got to an early screening of the new film Spotlight before Christmas. It was a fascinating and dramatic film, although it was disturbing on many lev(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Fine Gael has decided to use the Conservative’s recent campaign theme “Keep the Recovery Going” as its main slogan for next month’s election. The phra(...)

The Dáil chamber: Photograph: Alan Betson

It is never too late to do the right thing. The Government’s announcement that they will finally implement significant Dáil reform is welcome. For a(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin, Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There was high tension, colourful drama, a lively soundtrack, and a climactic result followed by emotional rainbow scenes of celebration. The marriage(...)

Heba Alsharbaty (Mother) , Khilood Jaddoa (Grandmother) of 10 Month Old Yousif Hussein and (Grand father) Fadhil Alsharbaty origionally from Baghdad in Iraq, now living in Rathfarnham during the first of three citizenship ceremonies held at the Convention Centre earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

On Wednesday US president Barack Obama altered his schedule to represent the United States government at a naturalisation ceremony in Washington. His (...)