Enda Whelton spends €300 a month on fuel as part of his 1,000km weekly commute. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)

Fine Gael candidate Stephanie Regan canvassing in Raheny, Dublin. Topics included  sugar content in children’s food and the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Posters, flags and badges are strewn across a messy living room-cum-campaign headquarters as first-time general election candidate Stephanie Regan pre(...)

Ross Castle, Killarney National Park. Widespread rain and gail-force winds are expected as Storm Frank hits the country. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Western, southern and midlands counties are braced for a battering over the coming days with strong winds, high tides and heavy rain expected across t(...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More rain could lead to an increased release of water from Parteen Weir, thereby posing a heightened flood risk for properties in Clare and Limerick,(...)

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Swiss pharma giant Roche is closing its only Irish manufacturing plant with the loss of 240 jobs. The closure of the company’s Clarecastle facility in(...)

Dorothy Keane  who says that  noise from turbines has forced her to leave her home in Skrine, Co Roscommon, with her husband Michael. Photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

A community group representing rural Ireland intends to unseat three Government Ministers at the next election as part of a new campaign against wind (...)

Two men have died following separate incidents in Clare over the last two days

Two men have died following separate incidents in Co Clare over the last two days. A man in his 50s died on Friday evening after the bucket of a dump(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

Michael McNamara: expected to rejoin the Labour Party. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare TD Michael McNamara is set to return to the Labour fold after losing the party whip in May. Mr McNamara was the only Coalition deputy to (...)