Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the main street of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, during a general election canvassing stop. Photograph: Alan Betson

It may not seem like it, but we are now entering the electoral end zone. A dull and boring general election has yet to catch the public imagination.(...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

A number of Labour figures have already pointed to Michael McDowell’s climb up a lamppost in Ranelagh in 2002  PHOTOGRAPH - FRANK MILLER

The Taoiseach has finally brought down the curtain on the 31st Dáil after what was probably the longest ever run-in to a general election. The terse(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaving Áras an Uachtaráin after President Michael D Higgins  signed the dissolution of the 31st Dáil in advance of a general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For something so long in the planning, the 2016 general election campaign got off to a decidedly stuttering start for the Coalition parties. In the b(...)

When the sky over Broadhaven Bay in northwest Mayo turned “pure orange” last New Year’s Eve, it was evident that gas had finally come ashore after yea(...)

In a way, the parties have been given a free pass to engage in giveaway electioneering by a new concept, given a horrific name which sounds like a Star Trek episode – “the fiscal space”.

It’s like we never had an economic crisis and we are back in the Bertie Ahern days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when elections were fought on ho(...)

  Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams (at right, in case you’re unsure) standing alongside a completed wax figure of himself now on display at the National Wax Museum in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In the bowels of the old armoury of the Bank of Ireland, a self-loathing figure Gollum guards the 12in thick entrance door to the vault where, in olde(...)

Michael Lowry: The Moriarty tribunal found that Lowry, as minister for communications, took money from businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Courts Collins

The argument that Ireland would be a better place if Michael Lowry was not in our national parliament is a strong one. It is not just that he has sho(...)