Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael will lead the next government but only the Labour Party is willing and able to provide stability and balance with its coalition partners, Mi(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton. “The task for her party is to take its share of the late swing if it is to avoid a PD-style meltdown.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour, which halted a Fine Gael overall majority at the last election by scaring voters with negative campaigning and attack advertisements, may have(...)

Siptu president Jack O’Connor: Message seen as laying the ground for Labour’s general election campaign. Photograph: The Irish Times

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has warned a single-party Fine Gael government “must be avoided at all costs”, a message seen as laying the ground fo(...)

 Aer Lingus  has established a new defined contribution pension scheme for staff as part of a deal to resolve a row over a €750 million shortfall in the old Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme.  Photograph: Reuters

Aer Lingus has accused Siptu officials of using “undue influence” to convince the trustees of the airline’s new pension scheme to recruit Merrion Inve(...)

 Jack O’Connor: masterminded three All-Ireland title wins during two stints at the helm of Kerry. Photograph: Inpho

Former Kerry player Ger O’Keeffe suspects Jack O’Connor will return for a third spell as the Kingdom’s senior football team manager. O’Connor, who mas(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said Labour has ‘imposed crushing austerity on working people’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has urged Siptu delegates to end their traditional affiliation with the Labour Party. The four-day Siptu (...)

Kerry players celebrate their minor football final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 0-6 For a county that couldn’t win a minor All-Ireland for 20 years Kerry are suddenly golden. They didn’t so much defend(...)

Liam Griffin guided Wexford to an All-Ireland hurling title in 1996. “We had to think about this game in every aspect of it because we weren’t arrogant enough to think that we were so good that we could win otherwise”

Liam Griffin guided Wexford to an All-Ireland hurling title in 1996. It didn’t happen by chance. The devil is in the detail. After defeating Galway(...)

Kildare’s Conor Hartley and Tipperary’s Emmett Moloney, who was sent off during the  All-Ireland minor football semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 0-11 Kildare 0-9 A Tipperary minor football and hurling double perhaps? “Well sure, there is nobody else going to do it,” coach Cha(...)