FineGael poster from the 2007 general election

Here is what fudge reads like. “This Government will introduce Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. Under this system there w(...)

Eamon Gilmore answering reporters’ questions at a special meeting of the Labour Party. Photograph: Frank Miller

Last July RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke put it to Taoiseach Enda Kenny that polls published that month did not look good for the re-election of the Government. (...)

Same-sex marriage: the campaign knew that voters would warm to parents advocating equality for their own gay and lesbian children. Maureen Gowran appeared with her daughter Sandra Irwin-Gowran (right), of Yes Equality, and her partner, Marion Irwin-Gowran. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Noel Whelan’s first day in the Yes Equality office was March 24th this year, a Tuesday. He had volunteered to be a strategic adviser to the group, (...)

Shock! Horror! .... Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, wore same suit two days in a row.   Above,   speaking during a citizenship ceremony at the Department. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I wear the same suit two days in a row. Indeed, there have even been weeks where I have worn the same suit for (...)

Enda Kenny: “The governor told me, it looks like this weekend . . . you’ll have to put the army around the banks and around the ATM machines, and introduce capital controls like they had in Cyprus.” Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

‘The Curious Case of Irish Banks, the Army and a Prime Minister”. That was the headline which the international news agency Bloomberg put on its story(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald, Vice-president of Sinn Fein.  The party has long rejected notions that it is controlled from north of the border

The principle impact of the report on the structure, role and purpose of paramilitary groups published this week by Northern Secretary Theresa Villier(...)

Timing is everything. The impact of the budget will be felt in the New Year.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The most interesting and surprising thing about the reaction to the budget this week is actually how muted it has been. Michael Noonan and Brendan Ho(...)

Last winter, Leo Varadkar promised to solve the crisis in hospital emergency departments. Last Christmas, Alan Kelly huffed and puffed about how he was going to tackle homelessness.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Such is the Government’s capacity for self-delusion that it presumes it can fool the rest of us. Enda Kenny ducked and dived several times this week t(...)

 Trying to spin it both ways

Reading many of the pre-budget headlines in recent weeks I was reminded of an exchange I had with a member of the audience at the MacGill summer schoo(...)

Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s  Labour Party takes part in his first Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in Westminster, September 16th. Photograph: REUTER/Parliament TV

It has been fascinating to watch the first days of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the British Labour Party. His election says much about the anti-esta(...)