Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The scale of the electoral challenge facing the Coalition is revealed by the finding in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll that 63 per cen(...)

Tánasite Joan Burton has made a commitment to increase the minimum wage by some €2 an hour if Labour is returned to government after the election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Tánasite Joan Burton has made a commitment to increase the minimum wage by some €2 an hour if Labour is returned to government after the election. Sp(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny  with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, before addressing Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The first opinion poll of the general election campaign has brought disappointing news for the Coalition parties with Fine Gael losing ground and Lab(...)

A number of Labour figures have already pointed to Michael McDowell’s climb up a lamppost in Ranelagh in 2002  PHOTOGRAPH - FRANK MILLER

The Taoiseach has finally brought down the curtain on the 31st Dáil after what was probably the longest ever run-in to a general election. The terse(...)

Fine Gael seems to be getting little traction from its message that the choice facing the country is stability or chaos. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The country is on course for a hung Dáil if the outcome of the election is anything like the findings of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, condu(...)

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(...)