“Your daughter currently has no option other than to study the Koran if she wishes to take Arabic for the Leaving Cert.” Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

PROBLEM: I am a Christian Syrian who has recently been forced to leave Damascus because of violence and, in particular, the bombing of the school att(...)

Enda Kenny:  has gone from a position of strength to one of weakness.  Photograph: Eric Luke

And so it is towards minority government that Ireland is now likely bound. As it happens, this is something I know just a little about. In 2007, I l(...)

A file photo from 2008 showing Frank Flannery (right) with the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Few people have had such an influence on Fine Gael in the last three and a half decades as Frank Flannery. The former rehab chief executive was one(...)

Former Attorney General John Rodgers said today that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign  if he fails to win majority support in the Dáil this week. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

One of Ireland’s leading constitutional lawyers has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign as Taoiseach if he fails to win maj(...)

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

As thoughts turn towards the creation of a possible grand coalition between former Civil War enemies, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, a number party member(...)

Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley and Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey: the circumstances were much more toxic in 1989, when the likely government-making option settled on the Fianna Fáil-PD negotiations.

The racing certainty now is a hung Dáil and, flowing from that, the emergence of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition as the most stable and ideologicall(...)

It was a big come down when in the last Presidential election only Michael D. was able to hold forth with any fluency against the other candidatesin the debate on TG4. Photo courtesy TG4 .

It seems unlikely now that the leaders of the main political parties will engage in combat in Irish on TG4 before we get that chance to cast our ballo(...)

The university will also host a live post-debate analysis show capturing commentator’s reactions which will be broadcast from campus directly after the debate. Photograph: Press 22

The University of Limerick will host the first ever RTE general election TV debate to be held outside Dublin. The event will be broadcast live from (...)

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)

A screengrab from Michael Healy-Rae’s election song ‘Make the Diff’. Photograph: Michael Healy-Rae/Youtube

Independent TD for South Kerry Michael Healy-Rae has released quite a catchy 2016 election song entitled Make The Diff, encouraging people to vote for(...)