Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving Fine(...)

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore  at the launch of its 2011 election manifesto at the Aviva Stadium. Labour “needs to refute the nonsense that it has broken its promises. It hasn’t, or at least none that matter.”

Although they won’t admit it, many Labour Party people were pretty happy until a few weeks ago. A deal on the prom notes, employment on the ris(...)