Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos is on a three-day visit to Washington this week. Photograph: Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos began a three-day visit to Washington this week to drum up support for his country’s peace process, and to par(...)

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton is congratulated after she addressed the Labour Party conference at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath on January 30th. Photograph: PA

In many ways, how Labour performs will be a central question of this election. Fine Gael looks set to post a good performance that will see it as the (...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

The change of leadership from Eamon Gilmore to Joan Burton  has done nothing to restore Labour’s fortunes. If anything it worked to reinforce the view that the party’s tenure in office has been a failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The election campaign poses one of the biggest challenges the Labour Party has faced in more than a century of existence. Its capacity to exist as a v(...)

Fianna Fáil will not enter coalition with Sinn Féin or Fine Gael under any circumstances, party leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil will not enter coalition with Sinn Féin or Fine Gael under any circumstances, party leader Micheál Martin has said. He said he could not (...)

Last time our ruling class thought there was some kind of historic karma at work - Irish developers flying around in his and hers helicopters was payback for the Great Hunger. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Let’s, just for once, raise a new-year glass to the luck of the Irish. It’s a dreadful phrase and whoever thought it up should be strangled with his o(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The economy will have reached safe haven within two years, the Minister for Finance has said. Michael Noonan said the biggest risk Ireland faces is e(...)