Fine Gael and Labour only need to gain a few points each to be in with a great chance of winning an historic second term.

Election fever has swept the corridors of Leinster House as the omens begin pointing more clearly to a November contest. While nobody knows for certai(...)

Where’s Willie? is doing the rounds of colleges and universities this month as part of Ógra’s national recruitment drive. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ógra Fianna Fáil is experiencing a surge in applications for membership, thanks to a cartoon version of Willie O’Dea. The party’s youth wing ha(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Voters have varying ideas on how he should use an extra €1.5 billion he has said will be available in the budget. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Extra spending on the health service rather than tax cuts is the priority for voters in the forthcoming budget, according to the latest Irish Times/Ip(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If Fine Gael did as well in a general election as the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll suggests, it would give the party its second best result in 2(...)

 ‘Much will depend on whether opinion polls, public and private, indicate that the two parties between them have a realistic chance of getting close to the 79 seats required to form a government in a November election.’  Above, Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Enda Kenny will have to make one of the biggest calls of his political life in the next month or so – whether to throw caution to the winds and call a(...)

The old man is holding court in the middle of the No 27 bor – out of his bin, of course – going, “More Champagne . . . Judge, you’ll have another g(...)

Donald Trump speaking to the media after the first Republican presidential debate. A feud with Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly has failed to dent his popularity, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump continued to defy the laws of political gravity on Monday as a Reuters/Ipsos poll found the real estate mogul holding on to a wide lead (...)

Andrzej Duda casts his ballot next to his wife Agata and daughter Kinga at a polling station in Krakow on Sunday. Photograph: Mateusz Skwarczek/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday’s presidential election, a result reflecting v(...)


Success has many fathers, and all the political parties will be claiming a share of the credit for the overwhelming victory of the Yes side in the sam(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  “I just do not see the space for an election.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will run its full five-year term and not call an early general election in November this year, Tánaiste Joan Burton has said. Ms Burto(...)