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(...)

A second councillor has resigned from Sinn Féin in the Cork East constituency as an internal row coninues in the party. Cllr June Murphy from Fermoy confirmed on Friday she was quitting the party.

A second councillor has resigned from Sinn Féin in the Cork East constituency as an internal row coninues in the party. Fermoy based June Murphy on Fr(...)

The latest legislative programme, released  by Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe, shows that 13 of the 34 priority Bills for this autumn already appeared on the list published in January this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has continued to struggle in meeting its own targets to publish new legislation. The latest legislative programme, released on Tuesday (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates withou(...)

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. They(...)

Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

There is an old saying in Irish politics that the first thing on the agenda for any new political party is the split. As soon as the two main Trotskyi(...)