After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen  left the inquiry hearings without suffering further blows to his reputation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Talking privately to members of the banking inquiry in recent days, they sounded less like doctors trying to keep it alive and more like pathologists (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael has promised cuts to the USC as part of its election pitch. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The message thus far from Fine Gael has been stability and prudent management of the economy, yet no party can expect to be re-elected on the back of (...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The Mahon tribunal has withdrawn findings of non-cooperation against two people involved in the financial “digout” to former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. (...)

Former taoiseach  Bertie Ahern.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has acknowledged the extraordinary journey DUP leader Peter Robinson made from being a loyalist “hard man” to a strong (...)

A native of Kerry, Pat Carey (now 68) spent his earlier career as a school teacher, principal and community worker. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Pat Carey’s name was mentioned as the politician at the centre of allegations of abuse dating back more than a quarter of a century, the reaction(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton. “The task for her party is to take its share of the late swing if it is to avoid a PD-style meltdown.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour, which halted a Fine Gael overall majority at the last election by scaring voters with negative campaigning and attack advertisements, may have(...)

Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985

The Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 15th, 1985 was formally abjured by the British and Irish governments on April 10th, 1998 as a key concession to (...)

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness   at Stormont  in Belfast last month reacts to  the publication of the government-ordered review of paramilitary structures in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The single most consistent feature of the peace process has been the fact that every time the Provisional IRA is challenged, Sinn Féin attacks the mot(...)

The largest proportion of pay for the Oireachtas banking inquiry has gone  on investigator pay, totalling €642,856. Photograph: Alan Betson

The cost of the Oireachtas banking inquiry averaged €103,000 per day for the 14 days that it sat between July 1st and the end of September. Figures re(...)