Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Michelle Mulherin  TD:    she is seen as facing an uphill struggle in Co Mayo, which is dropping from a five-seater to a four-seater for this election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is planning to provide extra resources for candidates it believes are capturing public support ahead of the general election. Party strateg(...)

Fine Gael’s director of elections Brian Hayes has claimed Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted when they say they will not enter coalition with Sinn Féin.

Fine Gael’s director of elections Brian Hayes has claimed Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted when they say they will not enter coalition with Sinn Féin. S(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will not enter coalition with Fine Gael because it would leave Sinn Féin in “pole position” to lead a future government, one of the party’(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s ardfheis, at Citywest in Dublin: “There will be no auction politics, no uncommitted promises.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The first major clash of the election campaign has been sparked by a Fianna Fáil proposal to have its promises to the electorate independently costed.(...)

Fine Gael TD John Perry  canvassing in Sligo. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Scuttling around Sligo town in his pinstripes and polished brown shoes and speaking in his distinctive voice that sounds like an agitated bee captured(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin at the launch of the party’s advertisement campaign, outside Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil TDs have denied their first election poster was a free advert for Fine Gael, insisting it had set out what it intended to do. The party(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said Fine Gael ministers  would be allowed to vote with their conscience on the eighth amendment, regardless of whether the party was in government after the election.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government ministers will be allowed to vote for or against a repeal of the eighth amendment to the Constitution without fear of repercussion, Taoise(...)

Bandon was badly hit by flooding in the weeks preceding Christmas.

Residents and traders in Bandon in West Cork are on stand-by this Christmas Day as heavy and constant rain overnight has led to flooding in many outly(...)