Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Sligo-Leitrim TD John Perry failed to be selected at the constituency convention but was later added to the ticket in the wake of his litigation, which cost the party an estimated €500,000 in legal charges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Fine Gael needs “a lot more transparency in the operation of the party”, its Ardfheis has been told in a debate on reviewing selection convention poli(...)

Simon Harris, Minister of the year: he’s been impressively combatant, competent and confident all year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Lovely Boy Competition: Micheál Martin The Fianna Fáil leader sashays away with our coveted tiara following a delightful performance in Cork last we(...)

Enda Kenny: The Taoiseach  said that sometimes the experts don’t always get it right. ‘A lot of older people have great experience of drainage patterns,’ he mused.

A tough day for Enda yesterday. He must have felt crushed when the realisation dawned that he won’t now achieve one of his lifelong ambitions. He onl(...)

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy: “It is a challenge and an opportunity for all of us to do what is right,’’ he told Dáil

Climate change is very much on the agenda for the election. Indeed the threat to voters is so great that a political public health warning may be re(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)

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 (...)

Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

More than 2,000 gardaí have been injured on duty since the beginning of 2011, figures show. The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has responded b(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath suggested they give people hope and discuss solutions. Photograph: Alan Betson

The election campaign is effectively under way.It was fought out in the Dáil yesterday against the backdrop of The Irish Times opinion poll, which sho(...)