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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  (centre) with Jim O’Callaghan SC (left) legal advisor and justice spokesperson Niall Collins at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will enter this election debating whether it wants to be the strongest opposition party in Leinster House or the smaller party in Governme(...)

Brian Lenihan: any change to the terms of the guarantee would have required “further discussions”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government included short-term interbank deposits in its bank guarantee in 2008, despite a request from the European Central Bank president Jean-(...)

Patrick Neary: the then financial regulator accepted the bank guarantee was a ‘throw of the dice’. Photograph: David Sleator

Anglo Irish Bank executives still believed after the 2008 bank guarantee that it would be Ireland’s most profitable bank – just two months before it w(...)

Former financial regulator Patrick NearyPatrick Neary arriving at the Oireachtas banking inquiry last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

2008 March 17th: St Paddy’s Day massacre as Anglo shares plummet 30 per cent in price. September 15th: US bank Lehman Brothers collapses. Septe(...)

The Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation has confirmed the grocery regulations, drafted over concerns big grocery chains were being heavy-handed with suppliers, are about to be be signed by Richard Bruton. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

The Government is set to expedite the introduction of new regulations governing relationships between supermarkets and suppliers before the election.(...)

There are question marks over how the Houses of the Oireachtas Service has handled the allegations about the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson Banking inquiry: The most useful recommendations from the committee might actually relate to how in future such inquiries should operate.

On September 10th last, the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry began with a statement by its chairman, Ciarán Lynch. He (...)

Comments posted by the wife of former taoiseach Brian Cowen in which she  accused Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Hanafin (right) of being disloyal to party leader Micheál Martin.

Fianna Fáil members have reacted angrily to the leaking of comments made by the wife of former taoiseach Brian Cowen on a private Facebook page. Mary(...)

 Noel O’Flynn photographed at Leinster House in January 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil Cork North Central TD, Noel O’Flynn has ruled out running in the forthcoming general election following a health scare and discussi(...)

The remains of PJ Mara are carried to his final resting place at Mount Cross Cemetery, Kinvara, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

To the strains of Lord Lovat’s Lament, lone piper Chris O’Brien led Fianna Fáil strategist PJ Mara to his final resting place in south Galway’s Kinvar(...)