Fine Gael won a 10 per cent seat bonus at the last general election – in other words ten per cent more seats than their vote warranted in percentage terms. Photograph: PA

We were discussing a particularly obnoxious candidate. Call him “Murphy”. My wife assured us that her’s was the best approach – she would use her us(...)

Some of the Meet the Voters participants, clockwise from top left: Kate Lawlor, Catherine O’Brien, Maedbh Donaldson, Jerry Kennelly and John O’Brien.

A project by The Irish Times to track the impact of the election campaign on the voting intentions of 10 voters has found all have retained their pre(...)

David Farrell Professor of Politics at University College Dublin said voters are leaving it very late to make up their minds. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)

David Farrell’s Easter Arbour Hill  (2012)

Before, During, After . . . Almost David Farrell Galleries II & III, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin ***** When the RH(...)

Clockwise from top left: Dr Eoin O’Malley of DCU, Prof David Farrell of UCD, DCU’s Dr Jane Suiter  and Dr Theresa Reidy of UCC  intend to publish their Oireachtas reform audit during the general election campaign. Photographs: Irish Times/Tomas Tyner/UCC/Maxwells

The Dáil has been deemed a “puny parliament” by four prominent political scientists who will audit all parties’ manifesto proposals for Oireachtas ref(...)

The election of the Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot, if done properly, can make the Ceann Comhairle independent of government in a meaningful way.

The announcement last week that the Government plans to introduce a secret ballot for the election of the ceann comhairle is a tacit acknowledgment th(...)

From left: Issue 03: Body (2011). Cover image: Elina Brotherus/Model Study 15 (2004); Issue 11: Family (2014).  Cover image: Fred Hüning, from the series Drei/Untitled (Bathtub II), 2011; Issue 08: New Pictorialism (2013). Cover image: Madame Peripetie, from the series: Dream Sequence/Blood (2012)

At the headquarters of Blow Photo magazine, the D-Light Studios on North Great Clarence Street in Dublin, they’re in the thick of putting together (...)

Members voting at a meeting of the Convention on the Constitution in Malahide, Co Dublin in 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Convention on the Constitution, which completed its work a year ago, exceeded most observers’s expectations – despite the best efforts of the Gove(...)

‘Having carefully framed their terms of reference, the inquiry’s chairman Ciarán Lynch TD and his colleagues have settled down in their first module to a careful consideration of the context in which the banking and fiscal crisis arose.’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

For a while now I had been meaning to look in on the banking inquiry. It was only earlier this week that I finally got around to watching it on the Oi(...)

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan appearing at the banking inquiry on Wednesday

The entire cost to society of the fallout from the banking crisis has been more than €100 billion, Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has told the (...)