Minister For Health Leo Varadkar told colleagues that Fine Gael, if returned to power after the general election, would introduce strict new waiting time targets. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Senior Fine Gael Ministers outlined some of their key election pledges at a meeting in Dublin on Tuesday night. Speaking at the final meeting of th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: ‘It is in the interest of Ireland, the UK itself, and of the European Union that the UK decide to remain an active member of our union.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has issued a cautious welcome to the draft deal designed to keep the UK in the EU, which was published on Tuesday by European Council p(...)

President Michael D Higgins: Essential services must not become a political football in the election campaign. Photograph: PA

In an unprecedented intervention on the eve of the general election campaign President Michael D Higgins has questioned the emphasis being placed on t(...)

Election 2016: Tánaiste Joan Burton made a series of pledges at her party’s annual conference, including helping first-time house buyers if Labour is returned to office. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Coalition parties have unveiled key elements of their election manifestos with just days to go before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 31st Dái(...)

The charge for green bins was initially due to be implemented last summer, but was postponed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A new system of household bin charges involving payment by weight will cut bills for 90 per cent of householders, according to a spokesman for the De(...)

Charlie Flanagan: “The Government is proud to work closely with civil society in building a brighter future for the people of this island”

More than €1.3 million has been allocated to a range of community organisations in the Border region and Northern Ireland to promote peace, Minister f(...)

Labour Party leader Joan Burton pictured with Alan Kelly TD (left) and election candidate Carrie Smyth at the Labour Party conference in Mullingar today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tánaiste Joan Burton has unveiled a series of election pledges if the Labour Party is returned to government. Among the pledges in Ms Burton’s keynot(...)

Voters’ thoughts: some of what members of the focus group said. Illustration: Malte Mueller/fStop/Getty/ITPM

In late January 2016, The Irish Times assembled four focus groups of eight people from different social and geographical backgrounds, to examine what(...)

The change of leadership from Eamon Gilmore to Joan Burton  has done nothing to restore Labour’s fortunes. If anything it worked to reinforce the view that the party’s tenure in office has been a failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The election campaign poses one of the biggest challenges the Labour Party has faced in more than a century of existence. Its capacity to exist as a v(...)

In its statement, it says: “Aosdána believes that the Taoiseach personally and the Government as a whole should oversee and control the project.”

Aosdána, the body representing Irish writers and artists, is calling on the Government to place planning and architectural quality at the heart of th(...)