Taoiseach Enda Kenny has provided a breakdown of the additional 10,000 gardaí, teachers, doctors, nurses and other frontline staff Fine Gael is promising by 2021. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has provided a breakdown of the additional 10,000 gardaí, teachers, doctors, nurses and other frontline staff Fine Gael is promis(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton with Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin during the formal launch of the Labour Party General Election campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour will abolish Universal Social Charge on all incomes up to €72,000 and clawback the benefit from those earning over €100,000. The party launche(...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Cllr Máire Devine, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD and Cllr Darren O’Rourke at the launch of a billboard campaign outside the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin had a good start to the campaign last week and took credit for highlighting the confusion over the Government’s figures on the fiscal space.(...)

Brendan Howlin: he said Government departments and agencies would receive greater autonomy to manage their staffing as part of public service reforms

Following the economic crash the Government at central level introduced very firm controls over the numbers employed in the public service. The Depar(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton and others arrive for the formal launch of the Labour Party  campaign held at the Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Somebody in Sinn Féin has a sense of humour. The party launched its election campaign in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy, otherwise known as the RIA. A l(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton  with Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin TD during the formal launch of the Labour party general election campaign at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish TImes

The Labour Party took the battle to the two main Opposition parties at the launch of its general election campaign in Dublin today. Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

 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(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton is congratulated after she addressed the Labour Party conference at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath on January 30th. Photograph: PA

In many ways, how Labour performs will be a central question of this election. Fine Gael looks set to post a good performance that will see it as the (...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton addresses the Labour Party conference: overall, her muted message suited the bland and unthreatening conference slogan: “Standing up for Ireland’s future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Five years ago, members of the Labour Party voted overwhelmingly to go into coalition with Fine Gael. They searched their souls, looked into their h(...)