Emma Fallon: “We started this business following redundancy with €80, three kids and a mortgage. We’re now in 70 outlets in Ireland, in Scandinavia and the UK”

A desire to enjoy mellow candlelight without suffering headaches from synthetic ingredients led Emma Fallon to start a business in Ardee, Co Louth, ma(...)

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(...)

Handout photograph of Garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

The State funeral of Garda Tony Golden will take place on Thursday, it has been confirmed. Garda Golden was shot dead after responding to a domestic (...)

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 O’Dowd is a former mayor of Drogheda. Photograph: Tom Conachy

The brother of Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd is to run against him for Renua Ireland in the Louth constituency. Michael O’Dowd will contest the election (...)

Fianna Fáil selection candidates for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Constituency -  Mary Hanafin (left) Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney pictured prior to their selection convention in Killiney, Co Dublin, September 28th, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Three candidates including former government minister Mary Hanafin were on Mondaynight seeking the Fianna Fáil nomination to run for the Dáil in the D(...)

Gerry Adams says his party is ‘looking for a fair tax system’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted his party is pro-enterprise but said it will increase Capital Gains Tax and Capital Acquisitions Tax if in G(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates witho(...)

Martin McGuinness , Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams arrive at the Sinn Féin think-in. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin is ready to go into government but not at any cost, the party’s deputy leader said yesterday. As TDs and Senators gathered for the pa(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called on the Taoiseach to call an election and face the electorate without delay. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called on the Taoiseach to call an election and face the electorate without delay. Speaking at the party’s away day b(...)