Fine Gael and Labour only need to gain a few points each to be in with a great chance of winning an historic second term.

Election fever has swept the corridors of Leinster House as the omens begin pointing more clearly to a November contest. While nobody knows for certai(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin  and  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking to media after the publication of exchequer returns at the Department of Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For years they swayed in a vicious wind on the edge of a cliff, staring into The Abyss. When they weren’t clinging on by their toenails, they were bus(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Ireland ranked third in expenditure on the social areas, with only Denmark and Finland spending more.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signalled the General Election will be next spring. Answering questions in the Dail on T(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving Fine(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston station: “They gathered up all the shiny things they gave the country over the last four years and made a big deal of handing them over again.” Photograph: The Irish Times 3:43

“Bing Bong! We are now approaching Heuston station. Will politicians at the rear of the platform please move forward to the microphones in order to al(...)

Astute timing on spending

The greatly improved state of the national finances has made increased public investment in transport, infrastructure and services both more necessary(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton at the launch of the Government’s Capital Investment Plan, at Heuston station, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government on Tuesday announced a capital plan worth €27 billion over the next six years. The capital programme aims to provide for major infrastr(...)

The 16.5km metro line connecting Dublin city centre with Dublin airport and Swords is the centre piece of the Government’s €27 billion capital plan which was published on Tuesday. 2:40

The Government has said it will take a decade before Metro North, the centre-piece of its new capital plan, will begin operations. The six-year plan, (...)

Former bookmaker and Fine Gael TD Ivan Yates said sources had told him the election would be held on November 20th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said former bookmaker Ivan Yates should be asked what odds he would give on an early general electi(...)

Dara Murphy: “I do regret if people feel that I did something inappropriate.” Photograph: The Irish Times / Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has described the controversy around Minister of State for European Affairs Dara Murphy accepting a lif(...)