Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big pa(...)

The UN  hopes to get commitments from more than 190 countries to keep global warming below 2 degrees. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

The Government is to lobby the EU for a lower cut in the State’s greenhouse emissions than the proposed 40 per cent target Brussels is seeking. While(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he does not envy the choice Enda Kenny has to make in choosing the timing of the general election. Mr Ahern sa(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick (pictured with party leader Micheál Martin) was also selected last year to run for Fianna Fáil in the European Parliament election.

Mary Fitzpatrick has been selected unopposed as Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin Central for the general election. Her name was the only name that we(...)

 Julian de Spáinn, general secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, Micheál Martin, of  Fianna Fáil, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, of Sinn Féin, and Seán Kyne, of Fine Gael, at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An investment plan backed by Irish-speaking groups has claimed that 1,100 new job opportunities could be created in Gaeltacht areas and through Irish-(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton. The party will make the flat rate suggestion in its pre-budget submission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Renua Ireland will propose a flat rate income tax of 23 per cent when it publishes its pre-budget submission on Monday. The party has made a flat tax(...)

Former minister Mary Hanafin is thought to have the support of the majority of long-serving Fianna Fáil activists  in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The outcome of tonight’s selection convention to choose Fianna Fáil’s candidate for the Dún Laoghaire constituency could be much closer than has been (...)

Johnny Ronan:  his statement  to the poireachtas banking inquiry will stand unless he or his legal representatives  ask  for it to be changed. Photograph: Collins

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has indicated that it has no powers to compel developer Johnny Ronan to remove a reference to second World War conce(...)

The search was triggered by a report that the underbidder, New York-based Fortress Capital Formations, had written to the Taoiseach in February 2014 complaining about “business practices” during Project Eagle

Three days after it began an extensive search, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office has discovered an email sent to it by an unsuccessful bidder for a 800-pr(...)