Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: Has repeatedly said the Government intends serving out its full term of office. The last possible date in the life of the 31st Dáil is March 8th, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has instructed his general election organisers that all Fine Gael candidates must be selected by October, a full six months befor(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald chaired a  meeting of Fine Gael’s election strategy committee this week which  heard the party was short of its  target of women candidates for the  election. Photograph:

Fine Gael may have to add some women candidates to a few of the party’s general election tickets – including where there is an incumbent TD – to comp(...)

Willie O’Dea:  people’s rights would “depend on the individual whim of their family doctor” when gender recognition should be “a matter of self-determination by the individual concerned”

The Gender Recognition Bill has been described as “a form of Irish solution to an Irish problem”, with the State adopting a “paternalistic approach”.(...)

Earlier this week, we published an article detailing the number of Dáil debates and committee meetings in which TDs had spoken during 2014.The piece a(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has decided to make a life-saving Soliris drug available to Irish patients despite criticising its “exorbitant” and ‘astronomical’ cost.

A life-saving drug which costs about €430,000 per patient annually is to be made available in Ireland, even though the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

Fine Gael TD  Andrew Doyle: introduced legislation to set voting hours at 7am to 10pm.

Voters living in commuter counties are most affected when polling station opening hours are reduced and this has a negative impact on turnout, Fine G(...)

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said that if  Ireland ‘is dear’ to the heart of Garth Brooks, as he said himself,  then he shouldn’t penalise the people who bought tickets for his concerts in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Country singer Garth Brooks should not penalise the people who bought tickets for his concerts since Ireland is “dear to his heart”, the Dáil has hear(...)

Election posters are still seen by many as the best form of campaigning. Photograph: David Sleator

“I’ve been studying the effectiveness of web campaigning in Ireland for quite a long time,” says Dr Matthew Wall, “and overall, posters are by far the(...)

Daunting tasks: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For all its success in the achievement of a smooth bailout exit, the Government faces a daunting task in 2014 as it seeks to establish durable access (...)