The work of predicting elections is ‘as ridiculous as expecting Galway to win the Liam McCarthy every year even though it’s nearly 30 years since they last did it’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the skills required of a political journalist is knowing when and how to make predictions. Such tasks including calling the date of an electio(...)

Delegates in Killarney at the 75th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

George Santayana’s famous line that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it is often quoted with approval by politicians (...)